Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 2016
write expressions of support. Thousands of messages were added in
subsequent weeks.
At the same time, we heard anecdotally that some students were too
frightened to return to Strozier. Indeed, attendance dropped for a few
days. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, many students left town
to start the Thanksgiving break early.
After the break, however, we were gratified to see Strozier Library
packed once again for the run-up to exams. Student use of Strozier
Library has only increased over time.
Moving Forward
The shooting caused us to look closely at our security operations within
the FSU Libraries. Although we had a security staff, turnstiles with card
swipe access for admittance, surveillance cameras in strategic locations,
and an incident-reporting practice, we looked for ways to improve. We
consulted with several groups, including the campus police department,
top administration, and student groups. We also engaged in a crime
prevention audit with the campus police and conducted research on best
practices in the industry.
As a result, we identified areas that could be strengthened. With campus
police, we outlined needed improvements and requested a modest budget
increase in order to fund the enhancements. With administrative support
we have since implemented the recommendations, resulting in a stronger
program and a better-equipped, more professional staff.
Our new staffing model replaced the library security department’s
student workers with permanent staff. We now have 10 full-time and 3
part-time security staff, including the head of security, 3 supervisors, 6
full-time security guards, and 3 part-time security guards to oversee our
busiest and largest facilities, Strozier and Dirac. Appropriate coverage
requires that a supervisor be able to move freely among all library
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