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Thursday, April 23, 2009

New ACRL publication: Library Rx

The Association of College and Research Libraries has announced the publication of a new title, Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety by Martina Malvasi, Catherine Rudowsky and Jesus M. Valencia. "Library Rx" presents research findings on library anxiety in college and university students. There is strong evidence that library anxiety, the inadequate feeling students have when lost in overwhelming buildings that present mountains of information in all formats and professionals who may seem busy and unapproachable, has a negative impact on undergraduate student performance. The authors review existing research on student reactions to the library environment, describe the finding of a research project on library anxiety and present ideas for its treatment.

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