While the Libraries may be filled with anxious students toward the end of the semester, librarians, who want to ensure that students are also taking breaks from their studying and writing, hosted a full schedule of stress-relieving events during the last week of classes and finals. Students could visit with therapy dogs, make their own buttons, and grab coffee and a snack.
“People always appreciate coffee and donuts. I don’t think you could ever have enough coffee or donuts for people when they’re in the midst of studying,” Jessica Hagman, social media coordinator and subject librarian for the Scripps College of Communication, said.
Hagman said the therapy dogs are the highlight for many students who find comfort in spending time with animals.
“Especially people who have dogs, they often miss them this time of year. They’ll talk to the person who brings the dog and they’ll end up talking about their own dog,” she said. “It’s a little bit of home. They’re likely going home for break, but not quite yet, and it’s a stressful time.”
The events also showcased some of the Libraries’ resources. The Twitter Trivia Contest featured questions about University history and drew materials from the University Archives. Students attended a screening of “Born to Fly,” which is included in the Libraries’ collections, and they also had the opportunity to look through pop-up books from the Libraries’ Special Collections.
Preparing for finals week was a collaborative effort. Hagman worked with Libraries staff members Katy Mathuews, head of collections assessment and access; Chasity Gragg, library support associate in collections assessment and access; Bryan McGeary, subject librarian for the humanities; Barbara Fiocchi, coordinator of Libraries events and community outreach and engagement; and Cathy Sitko, graphic design and production specialist, to plan and host the events.
The Libraries has also begun working with campus partners to help students relieve stress during finals—the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa fed pizza to hungry students in Alden Library.
Hagman said the Libraries’ finals week programs have grown over the past few years, and she and other librarians hope to continue those efforts.
“We’re beginning to work with other campus partners…we look forward to continuing to grow that and to work with those partners in the future,” she said.
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