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.
21st August 11.00-16.00
Coventry University in London


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Cost £50 members
£80 Non members including buffet lunch and refreshments

email Heather Dawson –

Many recent reports have emphasised growing needs for mental health support in the UK. Libraries can take a role in organising and promoting events to help both staff and wider service users. But how do you get started with limited time and resources? This practical workshop from ALISS combines advice and practical tips from organisations in different sectors  with the opportunity for  group discussion and the sharing of  ideas and experiences on potential activities that could be implemented in a variety of settings.


11.00 – 11.15. Registration and coffee

11.15 – 11.20. Welcome and Housekeeping

Planning – What is our Role? Planning events for students and the wider community

The morning presentations will give an overview of best practices for libraries and consider some examples of planning events in an academic Library setting and a location involving students and members of the wider public.

11.20 – 11.50. Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Role of Libraries

A summary of the mental health and wellbeing agenda, the responsibilities of libraries  and highlights of some of the best practice across the sector. Claire Smith, Keele University

11.50 – 12.20. The Hive Mind: Supporting Community Wellbeing in an Integrated Public and University Library

This session will focus 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 will explore the design, delivery and impact of Study Happy, an initiative originally inspired by other successful university library campaigns, which has developed to reflect our inclusive model and is now delivered in collaboration with local schools and colleges as well as University of Worcester staff and students. It will also address a series of University-led community events, focusing on menstrual and menopausal health, male body image, and eating disorders, delivered with Time To Talk funding as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. In this session we aim to share our experience of supporting wellbeing in a library setting with practical advice about planning, promoting and evaluating one-off and longer-term wellbeing initiatives and an insight into what has, and hasn’t, worked for our service. Madalene George & Emma Campbell, University of Worcester Library Services.

12.20 – 12.50. Discussion groups. Practical discussion of types of activities libraries could do. Planning and promoting activities that would help students

12.50 – 13.30. Lunch

Planning Events for Staff and the Wider Community

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

13.30 – 14.00. Pills, Skills and Toothaches: Planning a Library Walking Tour for Staff and Members of the Public.

This session will describe how we at The King’s Fund Library developed our free summer walking tours for staff and members of the public. Now in their second year, this presentation will cover how we got started, looking at how we planned and searched the tour itself as well as how we have gone about promoting our walks to internal and external audiences.  We will also look at the impact our walks have had and how they sit within a wider context of wellbeing events we have organised in the library. Lynsey Hawker, Information Specialist, The King’s Fund

14.00 – 14.30. Organising a Reading Group for Students and Staff to Promote Wellbeing.

The Library reading group has now been running for 2 years with a mixed membership of students and staff. The talk will focus on the principles underlying it, and cover some of the initiatives we have experimented with to increase the profile of it within the University. Fran Porritt, Academic Library, Teesside University

14.30 -15.00. Tea

15.00 – 15.30. Discussion – What do we need to do to get staff involved. How can we promote events to internal staff members?

15.30. Round up

Cost £50 members
£80 Non members including buffet lunch and refreshments

email Heather Dawson –