22 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 289 2016 Finally, at a mid-afternoon press conference, we learned that the FSU president and a few other administrators were going to visit Strozier Library at 4:00 p.m. The library dean was asked to accompany them. We who toured the library that afternoon ducked under the yellow crime-scene tape to enter the building. The steps, site of the worst violence, had been scrubbed clean. The lobby was spotless. A large contingent of maintenance staff was waiting for us inside the entrance, clearly proud of their work. As we toured, we marveled at their efforts. The floors were gleaming, the furniture carefully arranged, desk surfaces wiped to a high shine, everything—books, computers, desk equipment— neatly in place. Aside from plywood over one front window, there was no sign of the chaos of the night before. FSU’s president, John Thrasher, had been in office for just 10 days. He was deeply shaken by the shooting. As we walked through Strozier, he pulled the dean aside and said, “I want us to reopen just as soon as we can.” And it was agreed that we would reopen the next morning, Friday, November 21, at 9:00 a.m. The Library Reopens Library management sent an e-mail to the staff on Thursday afternoon, asking them to be at work by 8:00 a.m. the next day. An early-morning meeting for all library employees was hastily arranged. A breakfast spread provided nourishment and comfort. Speakers from the University Counseling Center, EAP, the FSU Police Department, library security, and library administration shared the latest information and promised ongoing support for our staff, as well for as the entire FSU community. Friday was a gorgeous fall day. The media presence on Landis Green had not abated. News trucks and reporters were everywhere, but this time they were enabling FSU to make a public statement about its resilience in the wake of such a horrifying event. After brief statements by the president and the dean of libraries, other campus officials joined them in
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