“Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety” Released!

Library RxACRL is pleased to announce the publication of “Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety” by Martina Malvasi, Catherine Rudowsky, and Jesus M. Valencia (Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania).

“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 findings of a research project on library anxiety and present ideas for its treatment.

Malvasi, Rudowsky, and Valencia compare and test various treatments for library anxiety, including traditional instruction, online tutorials and one-on-one teaching moments, as well as the effects of no intervention.

In addition, anecdotal evidence of library initiatives and events used to reduce library anxiety is provided. “Library Rx” prescribes relevant solutions for library anxiety in all types of academic libraries.

“Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org) and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.