Health Information week 3rd - 9th July 2023
Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to highlight the importance of high-quality information for patients and the public, and the impact it has on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life. The Library celebrated through hosting the following activities:
Tuesday 4th June - Pet Therapy with Copper
The theme for Tuesday was 'Mental Health and Wellbeing', so the Library teamed up with University of Bolton's Life Lounge to organise a visit from Copper the Pet Therapy Dog!
We had lots of students come and spend time with Copper, and many hadn't seen her before so found out about the drop-ins held in the Mall on Tuesdays during regular term time. Pet therapy has been found to improve mood and reduce stress, and the students who came to see her said their mood had definitely improved.
We also used the time to share information about the Library's commitment to supporting positive mental health and wellbeing, including a student-led collection of wellbeing resources.
Wednesday 5th June - Meet your Placement Hospital Librarian
We had a visit from the Clinical Librarian at Bolton Hospital, Paula Younger. Paula demonstrated the support students can obtain if on placement at Bolton hospital, such as using the book collection. If you are studying something where you will be on placement in a hospital and would like more information about placement libraries, please look at the Library Subject Guides and the section "Accessing Placement Libraries".
Thursday 6th June - What are Health Libraries?
We ran an online discussion for Library and Information Studies students to meet health library staff and gain insight into the different roles available. There were presentations from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. The session was very informative about how each role was varied and the different types of library users supported within the NHS.
To learn more about Health Information Week, visit the website or explore #HIW2023