Rural School Libraries Anchoring Community Mental Health Literacy

  • Denice Adkins School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri
  • Beth Brendler School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri
  • Kerry Townsend Columbia Public Schools, Missouri, USA
  • Melissa Maras College of Education, University of Missouri

Abstract

Across the United States, one in five children has or will have a serious mental illness. This project intended 1) to determine current efforts among rural school libraries and communities to promote mental health literacy, and 2) to determine rural school libraries’ capacity to promote community health literacy. This project used a mixed method design, including activities such as a quantitative survey of mental health support administered to rural school librarians, counselors, and administrators; qualitative interviews and focus groups with rural school librarians, counselors, and administrators; environmental analyses of school libraries where best practices are happening.

Author Biographies

Denice Adkins, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Beth Brendler, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Kerry Townsend, Columbia Public Schools, Missouri, USA

Library Media Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

Melissa Maras, College of Education, University of Missouri

Research Consultant, Assessment Resource Center, College of Education, University of Missouri

Published
2019-12-23
How to Cite
ADKINS, Denice et al. Rural School Libraries Anchoring Community Mental Health Literacy. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 4, p. 425-435, dec. 2019. ISSN 2241-1925. Available at: <http://qqml-journal.net/index.php/qqml/article/view/520>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2020.