Category: Public Librarians Symposium

176 - Transforming through Wellness Programming at a Health Sciences Center Library

Tuesday, May 22
2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Objectives: In the highly demanding healthcare field, there is a push for accrediting bodies and curriculum committees to better support the health and well-being of their communities. As a university institution serving all health science colleges, the library can support wellness initiatives in other health science colleges by providing information resources and offering passive and active wellness programming in library spaces.

A Wellness Team at an academic health center library was created to bring more wellness programming for students, faculty, and staff to the library space. Early wellness pilot programs included a small Wellness Collection of monographs purchased with library funds, and a rotation of collaborative jigsaw puzzles. The team developed a Wellness Initiative Proposal of active and passive programming based on discussions with student wellness-related organizations and a wellness assessment survey of the health center community. Programming suggestions included yoga classes, therapy dogs, meditation classes, pop-up parks, art supplies, artwork, exercise equipment, and coffee break socials; the majority of programming was free or low-cost (<$1000 total). The proposal was presented to department heads of the library for approval in the late summer, and the Wellness Team was encouraged to move forward with several of the proposed programs for the fall.



Keywords: wellness, mindfulness, meditation, therapy animals, art, programs

Ariel Pomputius

Health Sciences Liaison Librarian
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Jane Morgan-Daniel

Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian
Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Jane Morgan-Daniel is the Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida (UF). She also provides liaison services to UF’s Departments of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (College of Public Health and Health Professions), and the School of Physician Assistant Studies (College of Medicine). Prior to joining UF, Jane held a position as a Senior Library Assistant at the Bodleian Health Care Libraries, University of Oxford. Jane graduated from Aberystwyth University (MLIS) in 2016, having previously studied History at the University of York (MA). She recently received provisional membership to AHIP and serves on the Medical Library Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Margaret Ansell

Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig

Senior Associate in Libraries
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig created the archives for the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries and Director of Medical Humanities at the College of Medicine. She teaches medical humanities including narrative medicine, literature and medicine, the use of arts in developing observational skills, reflective writing and nature writing with a focus on history of medicine, and is involved with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism Honor Society’s efforts to promote humanism in medicine . At UF she also teaches in the Center for African Studies- having co-developed a course on the arts and health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches Uncommon Read courses in the UF Honors College, including a one credit course on Harry Potter and Medicine Humanities and Clinical Practice course for undergraduates. Ms. Stoyan-Rosenzweig’s research interests include environmental history, the history of the human-animal relationship, and the history of science and medicine, especially eugenics and medicinal herbs.

Robert Lockwood

Senior Library Technical Assistant
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Terry K. Selfe

Translational Research and Impact Librarian
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Terry Kit Selfe, DC, PhD, AHIP, Translational Research and Impact Librarian, University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, is an experienced librarian and clinical investigator with specific expertise in the planning and execution of randomized controlled trials involving complementary and alternative therapies for chronic conditions related to aging and stress. Dr. Selfe’s research background serves her well in her current position as liaison to the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Michele R. Tennant

Associate Director
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Michele R. Tennant received her PhD in Biology from Wayne State University in 1991, and her MLIS from UCLA in 1994. Since 1995, she has provided liaison, outreach and instructional at the Health Science Center Libraries (HSCL) of the University of Florida, with a focus on bioinformatics and genetics. She is currently the Associate Director of this library. She has created and taught courses for the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and provided instruction in the science and resources of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and cancer biology to librarians for the Medical Library Association (MLA). Tennant served as PI on the “Women’s Health/Sex and Gender Differences Outreach Project” in 2013 and the complementary “Sex and Gender Differences/Women’s Health Outreach Project” in 2014, both awarded by NLM and the Office of Research on Women’s Health, as well as on the NLM’s contract “Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”, awarded in 2015. Tennant is currently editing a children’s book – “Madagascar from A to Z” – to be published by the LibraryPress@UF, and teaches a study abroad course on biodiversity, conservation, sustainability and culture in Madagascar. Tennant has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles in the library and scientific literature, as well as 5 invited book chapters, and nearly 140 posters and presentations at conferences and other venues. Since 2005 she has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). She has been the recipient of two awards from the MLA – the Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Award (2005), and the Lucretia McClure Excellence in Education Award (2014), and has served on numerous grant panels for the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine.