Thinking About the Unthinkable: Active Shooter Preparedness in Library Environments

Christopher B. Livingston, Amanda Grombly


There is limited aggregated data showing the amount and levels of preparedness training for active shooter situations in public, academic, and K-12 libraries in California and across the United States. The purpose of this research is to assess the state of preparedness of librarians, staff, and volunteers working in these libraries for active shooter situations. In 2018, the authors collected data from academic, public, and school library personnel about their attitudes and levels of preparedness for active shooter situations. It is hoped that this research will contribute to the development of best practices in raising safety awareness in academic and public libraries.


library safety; library training; academic libraries; public libraries; school libraries

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