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Friday, May 13 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Supporting the “Whole Student”: Leisure Programs at Academic Libraries

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College students don’t always associate leisure reading, watching films, and readers’ advisory with academic libraries, where research support is typically the primary focus. With the recent backdrop of the pandemic and increased awareness of student mental health crises, many academic libraries have increased support for the “whole student,” in addition to support for academic needs. During this session, staff from the R.B. House Undergraduate Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will share the revitalization of their leisure media and reading programs to meet students’ identified needs for wellness and stress-relief. Programs include a recently launched book recommendation service; staff-curated film and book lists; and a landing page highlighting language learning, streaming media, and more. Staff will discuss how diversity, inclusion, and well-being serve as the guiding principles for these revamped programs and will share ideas for implementing similar programs at your library.  


Katelyn Ander

Manager of the Media & Design Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Katelyn Ander is the Manager of the Media & Design Center at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. She co-manages the University Libraries' OverDrive service and supervises a team of creative undergraduate students.

Melissa Salvanish

Circulation Supervisor, Acquisitions and Serials Coordinator, Facilities Liaison, University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Melissa Salvanish is a Circulation Supervisor and the Acquisitions and Serials Coordinator at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. She curates the print popular reading collection and co-manages the University Libraries' OverDrive service.

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Dayna Durbin

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill
Dayna Durbin is the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Librarian at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. She leads the UL’s research and instruction services department at the Undergraduate Library and supervises a team of graduate assistants.

Emily Arnsberg

Research Graduate Assistant, UNC-Chapel Hill
Emily Arnsberg is a graduate assistant at the House Undergraduate Library at UNC - Chapel Hill and is in her second year of their MSLS program.  As a graduate assistant, Emily works with freshman research methods classes, supporting their research needs via individual research consultations... Read More →
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Abigail Armstrong

Circulation Supervisor and Technology Lending Coordinator, UNC-Chapel Hill
Abigail Armstrong is a Circulation Supervisor and Technology Lending Coordinator at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. She identifies, purchases, and processes equipment needs for library patrons, while also supervising student staff and showering them with book... Read More →

Suchi Mohanty

Head of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
Suchi Mohanty is the head of the R. B. House Undergraduate Library, part of the University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill. She leads a team offering student-centered learning spaces, collections, and instructional services in a dynamic library setting and works closely with campus... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2022 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT