Thursday, February 9, 2017

Call for case studies - Reading for health and wellbeing in libraries and information services

The call is now open for case studies on "Reading for health and wellbeing in libraries and information services" to be published by Facet Publishing.
The book will cover "bibliotherapy" which is defined as "the therapeutic use of books and other materials with individuals or with groups of people" (Howie, 1988). This includes activities:
  • involving people of different ages
  • focused on people with a particular condition or concerned with promoting wellbeing more generally
  • working with individuals or groups
  • focused on specific groups or a more general audience
  • making use of self-help books or imaginative literature or other media
  • taking place in a traditional library setting or in other locations 
  • run as short term projects or as embedded services
Final chapters will be 3000-4000 words. 

Interested applicants should send an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biographical statement to by the 3rd March 2017.

Suggested format for abstracts is:
  • Brief project description: what are you doing? Are you following a particular model of bibliotherapy? Who is the audience?
  • Aims: What do you hope people will gain from participating?
  • Outcomes: What have people actually gained from participating?
  • Reflections: What are you most proud of? What would you do differently?

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