Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 — 2016
Contemplating an active shooter incident is hard. Most of the training
oﬀered by our campuses focuses on individual safety (“run, hide, ﬁght”),
but those of us who work in libraries may face the need to help keep
our students and other users safe. We think of ourselves as providing a
community resource in the best of times, but we may be called upon to
do that in the worst of times, too. It’s a daunting responsibility and one I
hope most of us won’t have to bear!
1 UCLA Campus Safety Task Force, Report and Recommendations,
October 2016, https://ucla.app.box.com/v/task-force-report.
© 2016 Virginia Steel
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To cite this article: Virginia Steel. “Thinking about the Unthinkable:
A Personal Reflection on the June 1 Incident at UCLA and Library
Responses and Roles in Active Shooter Situations.” Research Library
Issues, no. 289 (2016): 28–37. http://publications.arl.org/rli289/.