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A Case for the Empathetic Librarian


The health and wellness of its students are integral to a university’s success in achieving the mission of cultivating academically and critically engaged students. But surveys of student mental health demonstrate that a significant number of students struggle with issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression. Focusing on the space of librarian-student research consultations, this chapter will explore some of the existing work promoting the ideas of relationship building and emotional connection that demonstrates to students that affective care happens at many different service points throughout the university.

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