Lecture Title: Libraries, Children, and Mental Health Support

Topic: This project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, looks at the capacity of rural school libraries to support mental health and build partnerships with school counselors and teachers, with the intention of creating a list of best practices and discussion points for a national action agenda for mental health literacy. Through focus groups, interviews, and surveys, the research team incorporated the perspectives of school librarians, school counselors, and school administrators. The team also analyzed mental health resources in rural schools and public libraries. This talk will focus on insights from this research, including partnerships between school counselors and school librarians, increasing awareness of librarians' organic practices in supporting mental health, and creating a policy agenda to support the mental health needs of rural children and teenagers. This research could inform existing strengths in UTK's curriculum, including youth informatics and health informatics.

Short bio: Denice Adkins is a professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, and co-editor of Journal of Education for Library & Information Science. She is currently serving as Membership Director of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and Treasurer for REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking). Her research interests include public libraries, services to the Latinx community, and services for diverse library users.

Dr. Adkins will present from 1 to 1:40 pm ET. There will be a Q&A session up to 2 pm ET.

You can attend in person in the Ed Ingle Theater (Room 402G Communications Building) or via Zoom (
Let me know if you have any questions.

Dr. Potnis

Devendra Potnis, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Information Sciences
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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