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Thursday, November 3

6:00pm EDT

Consumer Health for College Students
At Michigan State University (MSU), the health of our students is important. College brings up many issues for students such as depression, anxiety and more. According to a subset of results for MSU from the 2014 National College Health Assessment, 84% of students reported feeling overwhelmed at least once in the last year and 28% reported it affected their academic performance. These statistics are on par with national averages. Although many campuses have accessible health services, they are not used to their full potential. One study shows that of students who are diagnosed with depression, only 24% are actively receiving treatment. Presumably, many students are trying to cope with these health issues on their own.

We decided to start a pilot program establishing a small consumer health book collection aimed at issues students are facing. We have found reports of child- or adult-focused consumer health collections but few devoted to college students. We hope to reach students with health information that may go into more depth than they are able to find online. We are placing the books in our browsing collection which is a high profile location and includes popular works of fiction and non-fiction.

To help with choosing materials in subjects of high need, we collaborated with several organizations across the campus, including the health center, the Student Health Advisory Council, and local health education experts. Through this we can position the library as a partner in the wellbeing of our students.

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Mari Monosoff-Richards

Health Sciences Librarian, Michigan State University

Thursday November 3, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm EDT
Grand Cypress Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

6:00pm EDT

Embracing the Future While Preserving the Past: Libraries Find Common Ground at the Joint Library Facility
It is not a new trend that libraries are being forced to reduce their print collections in order to repurpose space for their students and faculty. Indeed, it has become more the norm than the exception here in the United States. It is not a new trend that more US libraries are sharing facilities to store print materials, but the stability and successful continuity of these collaborations varies widely across the country.

The Joint Library Facility in Bryan, Texas, has been a successful collaboration between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas in Austin since 2013. The first 18,000 square foot warehouse built in 2012 can hold 1 million volumes and is now three-quarters full. A second warehouse is breaking ground just a few feet away to hold another 1 million volumes. The enormous success of this unlikely partnership was built on a strategic plan to hold one copy of each unique item, and allow free Interlibrary Loan services for any Texas library in need. Academic and medical libraries alike have benefitted from this unique common ground. The Texas Medical Center Library is just one of many that secured access to a print collection lost in a library re-design, by partnering with the JLF. Meanwhile, the JLF is acquiring new spaces and new roles in preserving the past while embracing the future.

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Joanne Romano

Head of Resource Management, Texas Medical Center Library
Networking with resource management colleagues and learning about shared challenges and potential solutions is a benefit I’ve gained at every ER&L conference attended. It is crucial for resource managers to demonstrate to key stakeholders, the value of the library’s collection... Read More →
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Terrie Smalls-Hall

Resource Management Assistant, The TMC Library

Wyoma VanDuinkerken

Director, Joint Library Facility, Texas A&M University

Thursday November 3, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm EDT
Grand Cypress Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401