By now, the story surrounding the death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray while in police custody is common knowledge. A series of protests afterward 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 Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Carey Law). The mood got progressively uglier as the days wore on until, just after Gray’s funeral on April 27, a protest in the northwestern part of the city turned violent. The 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 swiftly developing events in order to ensure the safety of their patrons and staff and to mitigate the disruptive effect of early closures.
David E. Matchen, Jr. & Jason Hawkins, Faced With Crisis: The Importance of Establishing a Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan, AALL Spectrum, Nov.-Dec. 2015 at 19.