October 19, 2021

Journal Article: “Library Support for Student Mental Health and Well-Being in the UK: Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

The article linked to below (full text, open access) was recently published by the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Title

Library Support for Student Mental Health and Well-Being in the UK: Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors

Andrew Cox
University of Sheffield

Liz Brewster
Lancaster University

Source

The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Volume 46, Issue 6
November 2020, 102256
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2020.102256

Abstract

Libraries increasingly seek to support the mental health and well-being of students. This study reports on the results of a survey examining the range of such support activities offered by UK academic libraries prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic libraries’ emphasis was on new library specific services such as a fiction collection, a type of initiative taken to proactively align with institutional policy. During the pandemic focus shifted somewhat to addressing the anxiety related to finding e-resources. Drawing on the survey data a holistic model of library support for student mental health and well-being is developed, capturing its eight different aspects: inherent library value, library services impact, well-being as a library service, detection, hosting, signposting, library as a good partner and library staff well-being. This represents a framework through which to examine how an academic library can support student mental health and well-being, and complements the “whole university” approach being increasingly adopted in the UK.

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