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AALL Spectrum | November/December 2015 | Volume 20, Number 2

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 | AALL SPECTRUM 19 B y now, the story surrounding the death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray while in police custody is common knowledge. A series of protests aerward and emergency responses by state and local governments turned the lives of many of Baltimore's residents upside-down for more than a week in late April and early May, including the staff at the law libraries at the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB Law) and the urgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Carey Law). e mood got progres- sively uglier as the days wore on until, just aer Gray's funeral on April 27, a protest in the northwestern part of the city turned violent. e governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard while the city imposed a curfew throughout the following week. Both libraries and their universities were forced to respond rapidly to swily developing events in order to ensure the safety of their patrons and staff and to mitigate the disruptive effect of early closures. FACED WITH CRISIS The importance of establishing a comprehensive crisis management plan. BY DAVID E. MATCHEN, JR. AND JASON HAWKINS

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