Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
NN/LM New England Region
University of Massachusetts
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA , 01655
United States
Michelle Eberle is the primary contact.
Phone: 508.856.2435
Fax: 508.856.5977
Resource URL:
Region: North Atlantic

Description: Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus
Continuing Education Experience: N/A
CE Contact Hours: 1, 2, or 3
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Consumer Health, Reference Resources & Services
Course Type: RML Offerings, Chapter Offerings - In person or online.

Educational Objective: Participants will: 1) Gain awareness of mental health issues. 2) Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information. 3) Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases.


1)Introductions, Statistics, Classification and Definitions 2) Stigma, Information Seeking Behavior, The Reference Interview in the Context of Mental Health, Interacting with Emotional Patrons 3)Web Resources, E-patients, Databases, Search Tips, Assessment and Testing 4)Collection Development, Bibliotherapy, Community Resources, Professional Development 5) The Future of Mental Health [The Science of Happiness]

Need for This Course: Needed based on the prevalence of mental illness in the United States.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Brainstorming, Sharing/Self-disclosure, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: Handout available online at:

Facility Requirements: Class can be lecture style, in computer lab, or webinar/Moodle.

Additional Evaluation: MLA evaluation will be used.

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