Supporting Students in the Stacks: Student Mental Health

Supporting Students in the Stacks: Student Mental Health
All times listed are in Eastern time.

You can access the recording of this session on the OCULA Events and Professional Development page here:

In recent years, many reports, articles and news stories have emerged related to students’ mental health needs and concerns on post-secondary campuses. And during this time, universities and colleges have responded with student mental health frameworks, as well as additional resources and services to address this growing need. But what can libraries do to help students in this area? In this webinar, librarians from various institutions in Ontario outline some of the initiatives and services they have developed in response to this growing need of student mental health and wellness resources on campus, and how students are benefitting from these services and spaces within the library.

You will learn:
1. The importance of addressing student mental health and wellness at the post-secondary level.

2. The variety of ideas regarding resources and services to address students’ mental health and well-being to put into practice at their library.

3. The additional resources or campus groups they can consult or partner with to create student mental health and well-being initiatives at the library.
About the presenters: 

Laurie Morrison is a librarian at Brock University where she holds the position of Head of Liaison Services, a position she has held since 2009. She pursued librarianship as a career because the values of the profession spoke to her own social justice values and beliefs, among which is the necessity of unfettered access to information as a foundation of a just and democratic society. Among her research interests are the open educational resources and contemplative practices in higher education.
Jennifer Thiessen has been a librarian at Brock University Library for 17 years. Her professional interests include accessibility, open educational resources, and critical librarianship. Jennifer enjoys running, volunteering in the community, and traveling with her family.
Kathleen Scheaffer, Outreach and Instructional Services Librarian, University of Toronto, works closely with current librarians, faculty, researchers, professionals, students, and alumni to offer teaching and learning opportunities to information and heritage graduate students within the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Having a strong commitment to building and strengthening relationships, she consults, develops, partners, and implements outreach initiatives that connect community members with resources, services, programs, and facilities to facilitate personal, professional, and academic success. Kathleen is currently on research leave investigating the perceived efficacy of the Digital Tattoo’s cross institutional partnership and the student as partners model they employ. 

About the OCULA Free Webinar Series:

Within such a diverse sector, it can be difficult to keep up to date on all of the issues that arise. In response to the challenges faced by those working in libraries, and in an effort to share knowledge and increase awareness on current topics in academic libraries, we have developed a series of free webinars. 

Over the next year, OCULA will be partnering with experts on a variety of topics to offer four free webinars on topics that we think are important to librarians and library staff. 
In these webinars, several presenters will come together to share their unique perspectives on a topic with the audience. From exploring core theories to applications in practice, our presenters will share how academic library staff can get involved as well as discuss the challenges that they might encounter.
3/3/2020 12:00 PM - 3/3/2020 1:00 PM

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