In our ongoing work with university libraries it’s become clear that there’s a need to better understand the positive role libraries can play in student wellbeing. Just before Christmas, we ran a workshop that brought together representatives from five University libraries alongside our student experience insight team to shape a new collaborative project that will offer fresh insight into this crucial issue.
Speaking after the event Simon Bains, University Librarian & Head of Library services at the University of Aberdeen said:
Hot topics of discussion at the session included the role of 24/7 library opening hours and the pros and cons of this trend in relation to student wellbeing; balancing the work of libraries with that of other university departments; the expanding role of library academic support into areas like resilience and mindfulness; supporting staff to make appropriate and safe interventions; and the massive opportunities for libraries to have a positive impact on the students they see every day. Damian Miller, Research Director at Alterline, reflected about the session that:
The libraries currently involved in the ‘Role of libraries in student wellbeing‘ collaboration include:
- The University of Dundee
- The University of Aberdeen
- The University of Hertfordshire
- The University of Exeter
- The University of Salford
The project will generate fresh quanitative and qualitative evidence from a national sample of undegraduate students and culminate in a strategic insight report and set of recommendations for the libraries involved.