Don’t Panic! Managing Library Anxiety with a Library Survival Guide

Elizabeth DiPrince, Amber Wilson, Chrissy Karafit, Amanda Bryant, Chris Springer


Many academic library users, particularly incoming college freshmen, are unsure about what the library offers, how it is useful, where they can receive assistance. A library guide or handbook, if designed to appear interesting and relevant to students, can address these issues. This article examines the creation, distribution, and assessment of a library survival guide given to incoming college freshmen. The goal of the guide was to decrease library anxiety and familiarize new students with library resources and services. Results and revisions of future editions of the guide are also discussed.

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