Library support for student mental health and well-being in the UK:before and during the COVID 19 pandemic

Cox, Andrew and Brewster, Liz (2020) Library support for student mental health and well-being in the UK:before and during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46 (6).

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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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The Journal of Academic Librarianship
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46, 6, 2020 DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2020.102256
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22 Sep 2020 13:50
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