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ALA/ASCLA Workgroup on Guidelines for Library Services for Persons with Mental Illnesses
The Working group met at ALA Midwinter 2005 in Boston for a second public comment meeting on the Guidelines. Rachel Vigneron and Ardis Hanson attended the meeting and are currently incorporating the suggested revisions for presentation to the ALA standards review committee this summer. The public meeting at ALA summer in Orlando was well attended. Feedback from a number of the attendees indicated that a model document was critical, since many of the libraries represented had no working models. Several consumers and family members of persons with mental illnesses also attended. Debates emerged on 1) informal diagnosis by librarians working with the public, 2) the issue of client confidentiality, 3) perceptions of dangerousness, and 4) safety concerns of staff working with persons with mental illnesses. It is important to note that many of the suggestions and feedback from the 2001 AMHL conference panel have been incorporated in this document.

Books, Book Chapters, and Journal Articles

  • Johnson, Mary E. (1991). Strategic planning by the St. Louis medical librarians--an organizational process [to facilitate health care information]. Show-Me Libraries 42(Spring), 20-26.
  • Johnson, Mary E. (1997). Library services in mental health settings. Lanham, MD: Medical Library Association. Read the ABSTRACT and review the TOC for other AMHL memebr contributions. See also AMAZON LINK.
  • Hanson, Ardis (1998). From research to policy: a look from an information perspective at the process of developing a mental health parity report [at the Florida Mental Health Institute]. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 17 (1), 1-20.
  • Johnson, Mary E. (2000). Electronic current awareness for mental health facilities [at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health]. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 88(1), 77-80
  • Stover, Mark (2000). Technological concerns for library managers [results of a Web-based survey]. Library Management, 21(9), 472-82.
  • Hanson, Ardis (2001). Community assessments using map and geographic data. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 19(2), 49-62.
  • Levin, Bruce Lubotsky; Hanson, Ardis; & Coe, Richard D. (2001). Mental health parity: National and state perspectives: An annual report to the Florida State Legislature. Available from http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/pdf/abstracts/parityreports.htm.
  • Levine, Irene S. & Moss, Stuart (2002). Mental health resources on the web for families: A quick reference guide. Orangeburg, NY: Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Available at www.rfmh.org/nki/mhguide.pdf.
  • Rivera, Carmen Bou; Abromitis, Rebecca; Brennan, Amy (2002). Building a web site for mental health librarians. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 21(1), 37-49.
  • Hanson Ardis & Levin, Bruce Lubotsky (2002). Critical issues in mental health. In: Reid WH, Silver SB (eds): Handbook of mental health administration and management (pp. 3-21). New York: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Hanson, Ardis, Levin, Bruce Lubotsky, & Hennessey, Kevin. (2004) Mental health informatics. In Bruce Lubotsky Levin, John Petrila, & Kevin Hennessey (Eds.). Mental health services: A public health perspective (2nd ed., pp. 397-416). Oxford University Press.
  • Pettijohn, Patricia (2004). Crossing boundaries: selecting for research, professional development and consumer education in an interdisciplinary field, the case of mental health. In Audrey Fenner (Ed.) Selecting materials for library collections (pp. 163-176). Haworth Information Press.Also pub. as Acquisitions Librarian, no32-32, 2004]
  • Stover, Mark (2004). Making tacit knowledge explicit: The ready reference database as codified knowledge. Reference Services Review, 32(2), 164-173.
  • Stover, Mark (2004). The reference librarian as non-expert: A postmodern approach to expertise. The Reference Librarian, no. 87/88, 273-300.

Videos & Webcasts
Guides for library staff serving patrons with special needs; 3 part series
Read the ABSTRACT.
Playing instructions: You will need the latest version of the MS Media Player and a connection capable of a sustained 1 mbit/sec. to view the videos. There are three bandwidth versions of each video. The bandwidth determines the quality of the video display. 56 is used over a 56kb modem, 250 is for cable or a faster modem than 56kb, and 1000 are for those using a direct Internet2 connection. All three versions are best viewed in a quarter screen size format.

PART 1- Understanding the normal aging process : 56   |  250   |  1000
PART 2 - Understanding people with disabilities : 56   |   250  |   1000
PART 3 - Approaches to working with special populations : 56  |   250  |   1000

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