Student Wellness and Libraries: Contributing to Students Success through the Promotion of Digital Wellness, Activity, and Peer Support

Tuesday, 12/8/2020
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Academic libraries are expanding their service offerings to include student wellness initiatives. While some of these activities have a long history, there has been a noticeable upsurge in the number and range of initiatives as manifestations of mental health issues and awareness of students’ mental health challenges have increased.  This panel program will bring together presenters with expertise in three types of wellness and students success initiatives: Physical activity, Digital Wellness, and Peer Support. The presenters will share what they learned from engaging deeply with these projects, bringing in examples from their libraries and their research, and they will comment on what they see as the future of wellness programming in academic libraries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will develop general knowledge of wellness and mental health issues for post-secondary students.

  • Participants will understand how library programming can address wellness issues.

  • Participants will recognize elements that contribute to the success of wellness programs.

Who Should Attend

Public Service Librarians, Library Heads, Pubic Service Heads, Library Directors, University Librarians


Sara Holder, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amber Lannon, University Librarian, Carleton College

Kimberly Fama, Reference Librarian at University of British Columbia
Cassie Gilpin, Manager of the Canaccord Learning Commons, UBC Sauder School of Business
Christina Sylka, Head Librarian of the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons at the University of British Columbia
Julia Feerrar, Head, Digital Literacy Initiatives at the University Libraries, Virginia Tech
Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, ACRL will define a group as up to 30 individuals from a single institution working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webcast. Also, group registration includes access to the archived recording for one year for unlimited staff at a registered institution.

How to Register

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the December 2020 heading.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording will be shared shortly after the live event.


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