13 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 289 2016 our tea, thawed out, and got to a mental state where we could think somewhat clearly.” In a telephone call with the dean of libraries, who was out of town, it was determined that both Strozier and Dirac Libraries should be closed the next day. Katie and Bridgett sent e-mails to staff members who worked in those buildings. With Strozier Library sealed, they decided to gather key library managers at 10:00 a.m. in Dirac Library. They notified these managers as well. Katie and Bridgett then drove back to campus to catch the 6:00 a.m. press conference. Entering the FSUPD’s building with other campus officials, they were able to slip into the pre-press conference briefing. They were gratified to receive a warm welcome. Here was an opportunity to get some answers: How long would Strozier be closed? What kind of cleanup would be needed? Did the police know anything about the state of the library interior? Were they aware that library staff would need to sort out library property—like loaner laptops—from student property when we were allowed back in? Katie and Bridgett took notes and made lists of additional tasks to be done. In the press conference, new information was shared and, bit by bit, a clearer picture of the night’s events was forming. After the press conference was over, Katie and Bridgett walked to Strozier Library to intercept any staff members who hadn’t heard about the library’s closing and might be arriving for work. Katie and Bridgett were able to take a brief tour of the building to assess its condition. The only obvious signs of violence were the shattered window in the lobby and the crime-scene tape, but the rest of the building was chaotic with backpacks and other paraphernalia strewn everywhere. The furniture was in wild disarray. Meanwhile, employees who had endured five hours of questioning at the Tallahassee police station were returning to the library. “Emotions were
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