Wednesday, June 08, 2022

"Ask Dr. Steve" Blog Post: What Is Our Responsibility During an Active Shooter "Shelter in Place" Order?

We've just posted a new "Ask Dr. Steve" blog post by Dr. Albrecht in our "Library Service, Safety, & Security" section of Library 2.0"What Is Our Responsibility During an Active Shooter 'Shelter in Place' Order?" Here is the question that was submitted:
In the case of an active shooter shelter in place order from one's institution, is a given department/library serving the public obligated to prevent members of the public from exiting?

At any point is the department liable for the safety of a person who chooses not to shelter in place and instead exiting the department/library?

At any point if a person is prevented from leaving is the department illegally detaining a person?
You can read Dr. Albrecht's response here

While Dr. Albrecht's twice-monthly podcast and blog posts are available for free, as are our regular mini-conferences and all the conference recordings, we also offer a series of Dr. Albrecht paid webinars and recordings which are available for individual or group viewing here.


Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 28+ states, live and online, in service, safety, security, and supervision. His programs are fast, entertaining, and provide tools that can be put to use immediately in the library workspace with all types of patrons. In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities. He is currently writing the sequel, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, for Rowman & Littlefield.

Steve holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board-certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.

He has written 24 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives with six dogs, two cats, and three chickens. (Not all in the same room, of course.)

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