Aliss Summer Conference 2019

ALISS Summer Conference 2019
Promoting Well-being in Libraries: Practical Advice on Planning and Marketing Events for our Staff and User Communities.

Planning – What is our Role? Planning events for students and the wider community. The morning presentations  gave overview of best practices for libraries and considered some examples of planning events in an academic Library setting and a location involving students and members of the wider public.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Role of Libraries. Claire Smith, Keele University. A summary of the mental health and wellbeing agenda, the responsibilities of libraries  and highlights of some of the best practice across the sector.

The Hive Mind: Supporting Community Wellbeing in an Integrated Public and University Library.  Madalene George & Emma Campbell, University of Worcester Library Services.. This session focused on two wellbeing initiatives: a year-round Study Happy programme, aimed at university and local GCSE, sixth form and further education students, and a one-off series of mental health events delivered by the University’s staff mental health network for a public and university audience. It explored the design, delivery and impact of these.

Planning Events for Staff and the Wider Community

The afternoon speakers focused upon planning events for staff and the wider user community.

Pills, Skills and Toothaches: Planning a Library Walking Tour for Staff and Members of the Public. Lynsey Hawker, Information Specialist, The King’s Fund .This session described how The King’s Fund Library developed free summer walking tours for staff and members of the public. It covered how they started, planning, promotion and impact .

 Organising a Reading Group for Students and Staff to Promote Wellbeing. Fran Porritt, Teesside University. The Library reading group has now been running for 2 years with a mixed membership of students and staff. The talk focused on the principles underlying it, and covered some of the initiatives to increase the profile of it within the University.

Discussion from the day preserved on our padlet link