I received a text alert as did all FSU students about a dangerous situation. It said to seek shelter and stay away from windows. As a distance learning student I take courses online and not at the campus. In the past we’ve received similar alerts related to bad weather, naturally I believed the alert was warning students of a bad storm related to our recent cold front. A few hours later, I got an ALL CLEAR text and I thought the storm had passed, when in reality it was only beginning.
FSU, its students and the staff at the Strozier Library experienced a phenomenon occurring too many times on school campuses: surviving an active shooter situation. No one is immune to this horrific scenario and yet when it happens to your fellow student body, we beg the question, “Why us, why FSU, why the library, why then…why him…why?” We might never know what really prompted Myron May, a bright lawyer and FSU graduate to injure three students in the morning hours of November 20th.
His first victim survived by the books he had recently checked out from the library. Another student was grazed by a bullet, one other shot in the leg, and the last is listed in critical condition. The chaos of which was caught on film shows the panic and worry of the students waiting to be released from the library.
Classes at FSU resume today and the library has re-opened. In trying to return to some form of normalcy, we must also resume the discussion surrounding the circumstances leading to this incident and the measures needed to continue all efforts at future prevention. Let’s continue to talk about mental health and mental disorders and related warning signs that play a critical role in this situation. Let’s continue to talk about gun safety. Let’s continue to talk about how to keep students safe on their campuses. Let’s continue to learn how we can stay safe no matter the location. Let’s continue the conversation, somehow.
Just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in my library (the Visual Resources Center at the University of Georgia) talking to a Classics graduate student about our slide digitization process. I don’t get cell service in my building and I was away from my desk. Next thing I know, my office phone rings and it’s my best friend, who said my husband had been trying to reach me and was wondering if I was okay. I found out that our Miller Learning Center, which is a teaching and learning center operated by the UGA Libraries, was under an active threat and had been evacuated. The Director of the Miller Learning Center is a friend and colleague and I immediately reached out to her to find out if she was okay. Luckily, it was just a threat and no harm was done.
Aimee Graham, who has my former position as Head Editor for Georgia at INALJ, wrote a post earlier this year on what to do if you face an active shooter in a library. This is a must-read for all librarians. You just never know when something is going to happen.
On a different, and much more light-hearted note, yesterday this happened. (Note that the link is mostly safe for work, but if you have a ginormous monitor open to the world, maybe you should wait a while to look at it.) In one of my classes we discussed open access publishing with there being a lot of confusion about open access vs peer review (there was an assumption by some of my classmates, I think, that the two are mutually inconsistent, which of course they aren’t). And Kara wrote a very thoughtful post about open access just last month. Anyway, the exposure of this spam journal that claims to be peer reviewed makes me think more about the issues of funding of journals. This one accepted the “paper” for publication provided that the author pay. My understanding is that this is how most/many/all? open access journals work. We need a new model. Anyone have ideas?
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