In recent years college campuses have all too often become the focus of a growing number of mass shootings and other acts of violence. From the tragic murder of thirty-two people at Virginia Tech University in 2007, to the more recent killing of nine students and one professor at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the recurrence of such incidents appear to be sadly on the rise. College libraries are in no way immune from this trend. In the wake of the shooting of three students at Florida State University's Strozier Library in October, 2014, libraries all across the country have renewed their efforts to strengthen and maintain safe environments for their patrons. This poster presentation is based upon research sanctioned by the Auburn University Libraries' Security Task Force in 2015. It includes data from nearly thirty college and university libraries and provides valuable information related to the use of identification badges, entrance security measures, the use of surveillance cameras, and the deployment of security guards. Importantly, the presentation will also provide an opportunity for conference attendees to participate in an anonymous onsite questionnaire related to security and individual freedom. To what extent, for example, are librarians willing to sacrifice a measure of privacy, convenience, and individual freedom in order to achieve a safer work environment? Attendees will gain a better understanding of current practices and discuss the future of security in our nation's college and university libraries.
Assistant University Archivist