Prior to receiving a memorandum from the Director of Risk Management that the libraries would be included in a university-wide risk assessment study, the authors’ only contacts with the director had to do with art works housed in the library and the amount of money kept on-hand at the service desks. We believed that the Risk Assessment Office was primarily concerned with highly vulnerable programs such as the hospitals, pharmacies, athletics, the bookstore, and laboratories. The challenge for us now would be to develop a comprehensive assessment of risks in library facilities and operations from acquisitions and cataloging to circulation, interlibrary loan, reference, and archives.

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