Structured Study Breaks in the TLC as a Model for Developing New Library Services
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During the spring, 2019 semester the Terrapin Learning Commons (TLC) piloted a series of structured study breaks in five areas (art, healthy snacks preparation and selection, interaction with pets, meditation, and yoga) during our evening hours as a wellness initiative. Although all of these events took place in the TLC, many of them were conducted by student support service providers located elsewhere on campus, including the Health Center, the Stamp Student Union, and University Recreation & Wellness (aka RecWell). This presentation will describe the origins of this project in an original idea proposed by Libraries staff member Michael Zeliff in the fall, 2018 semester; how it subsequently evolved in response to suggestions from the partners we cultivated; our approach to marketing and outreach; and our plans for building on these efforts in the future. We will also offer suggestions for how our process could serve as a framework for other Libraries departments interested in launching similar initiatives and share resources to guide and support such efforts.
Slides for a presentation delivered at the 2019 Library Research & Innovative Practice Forum.