Our objective was to focus on specifically students’ first assignments and to offer practical advice and tips for reducing stress, by highlighting the resources and services available in the library as being particularly relevant. It was held in the Hugh Owen Library on 7th Nov 2012, National Stress Awareness Day, which we hoped would coincide with forthcoming deadlines. Our event being funded as part of the Libraries Inspire health and well-being campaign, Get reading, Get better, Get libraries, was particularly timely.
It brought together staff from across the university and outside to raise awareness of the resources available to help with assignment preparation in particular and a healthy approach to academic work in general. The Health and Well-being campaign was used as a focus to impress upon students the importance of good health and well-being for successful study. The presence of a representative from Ceredigion Library allowed us to highlight the importance of reading for pleasure as a healthy activity.
I think the Book Menus are a real creative development here – I especially like the way that the books are not just about the student experience but also about reading for pleasure – so well done. The timetable issues are always going to be problematic – however I suspect that you may have hit on a campaign that could build over time (in that you can run the same campaign year on year) and by involving academic departments (more!) next time – then perhaps a greater synergy will be achieved. I think the data that you have collected on the drivers of stress is particularly valuable and I hope that you have shared that with other student service departments. So overall a well conceived campaign that will gain its full value when used again I suspect.