Harried? You need “Paws at Lewis Library”

Fri, Jun 14, 2013

Around Campus, Education

dogStudents, faculty and staff are invited to take a break and relax with certified therapy dogs on Wednesday, June 26. “Paws at Lewis Library” will be in the Reference Office (LIB 222), 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m.

The canine visitors will be provided and supervised by Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs, a part of the certifying organization Therapy Dogs International.

The sessions are a pilot program inspired by the growing movement among academic libraries and graduate health-science libraries to offer additional support services.

During their academic careers and when they enter professional practice, students increasingly will encounter animals, as companion and service animals become more common in many settings, says Lewis Library Instruction Librarian Michele Whitehead, MLS, MA. She cites extensive evidence that therapy dog visits to campus libraries “can be beneficial on many levels, including the benefits of human and animal interactions as well as exposing students to a growing service they may encounter in many settings that incorporate visits from certified dogs.”

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