Kids in the Library: Enacting Joy in the Academic Workplace Through the Creation of a Family Study Space
Gammons, R. W., Kletscher, K., & Corlett-Rivera, K. (2020). Kids in the Library: Enacting Joy in the Academic Workplace Through the Creation of a Family Study Space. In The Emotional Self at Work in Higher Education (pp. 181-193). IGI Global.
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While children’s services are traditionally associated with public libraries, the increase in students with dependent children means that academic libraries are increasingly being called to provide family-friendly spaces. Using the University of Maryland Libraries as a case study, the authors detail the process of developing, implementing, and overseeing family-friendly services, including a family study room and activity kits for children. They argue there is value in welcoming families into the academy and projects, such as a family study room, worthy not only for the contributions they make to the community but also for the opportunity to enact joy in our daily practice as academic librarians.