Author Identifier

Margaret Merga

Orcid : https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9009-3700

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Library Administration

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

School

School of Education

RAS ID

31864

Funders

Edith Cowan University - Open Access Support Scheme

Comments

Merga, M. (2020). How can school libraries support student wellbeing? Evidence and implications for further research, Journal of Library Administration, 60(6), 660-673, https://doi.org/10.1080/01930826.2020.1773718

Abstract

Concern about student wellbeing and related mental health is a global issue, and schools are increasingly expected to support student wellbeing. While the focus on libraries and wellbeing in research is more commonly on public libraries, school libraries can also play an important supportive role in this regard. Robust research evidence is needed from school library contexts to support targeted advocacy in order to enhance student wellbeing. This paper explores how school libraries may support student wellbeing by operating as safe spaces for young people, promoting and resourcing mental health and wellbeing initiatives, and supporting and promoting bibliotherapeutic practices and reading for pleasure. It then highlights implications for future research to support the development of a sound, research-supported evidence base for advocacy moving forward.

DOI

10.1080/01930826.2020.1773718

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