Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 2016
in communication. This will make it even more challenging for the
library staff involved.
5. Library buildings are not designed and built for active shooter
situations. Most of our interior doors in public areas do not lock;
this has been a best practice for years to ensure safety and security
in our buildings. Unless a campus takes extra precautions to prepare
for the possibility of active shooter situations, it is likely that we
will only be able to lock our exterior doors and a few of our interior
spaces, but we will not be able to lock all spaces and/or cover
the windows.
6. On the positive side, library staff do a better job preparing for
emergencies than many others on campus, so we all have the
opportunity to think through how a violent incident might happen
and what we can do to be ready.
7. Little things make a difference: Since people in library buildings
during a lockdown are under tremendous stress, taking small steps
to provide them with food or resources may help them feel more
secure. If snacks or water are available, offer it to them. Having a
supply of power cords for different types of devices to loan out will
also come in handy, especially if the lockdown goes on for several
hours. Any gesture of caring will help calm nerves that are on edge.
The UCLA Library and the campus are taking steps to address issues
raised during and after the June 1 incident. The campus has identified a
solution for door locks that both meet fire marshal requirements as well
as normal safety precautions to prevent individuals from being locked
in campus rooms while also providing the capability of being locked
from the inside in an active shooter situation. Improvements are being
made in campus communication protocols, and the Bruin Alert system
has been moved to a more robust platform that will allow speedier and
more consistent delivery of emergency messages. In the library we are
renewing discussions about emergency preparedness, and we expect to
continue to arrange for annual active shooter training sessions that the
UCLA police department provides.
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