It's a Stress-Free World After All! Strategies for a Successful Finals Frenzy Program
AbstractObjective: This poster examines ways to implement and support a Finals Frenzy program focused on reducing stress and supporting study focus in a health sciences library during finals period using non-library funding. Methods: Each Fall and Spring semester, the health sciences library organizes a four to five day program aimed at supporting students during their finals study period with the goal of relieving stress and increasing student awareness of library support and resources. This program is led by an ad hoc committee consisting of the Access Services librarian, an additional librarian, and a staff member. The objectives of the committee are to establish a daily schedule of events, itemize purchases, and generate marketing material. Funding for the events is requested from the Student Activity Fees committee, a University Committee charged with the distribution of student fees. Each year, the library needs to apply for funding and present their budget proposal to the committee. Results: The library budget proposal for 2017-2018 was carried over from previous years based on past event programming and student turnout. Ongoing assessment of previous events highlighted an opportunity to modify the program to better meet student needs. Spring 2018 events were scheduled a week earlier, and four days longer, than originally planned and an additional funding opportunity was identified within student fees. In addition to funded events, the library utilized volunteer services such as therapy dogs, and supplies purchased from previous years. Conclusions: The library saw a 52% increase in student attendance between Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. While funding helped in implementation, reviewing event statistics and researching similar programs to adjust the timing and schedule of events were key factors in increasing student participation.
AffiliationRobert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library
DescriptionPoster presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, October 25-28, 2018 Orlando, FL
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