Thanks HSL patrons!
Thanks HSL patrons!
Here is a sample of the love notes we received over the past week. Even though our users were dealing with a snowstorm, they took the time to write. Thanks!
I would like to thank Barbara Renner for showing me Browzine to view library articles. This is a useful tool for students in the School of Medicine, faculty and staff to use. I will gladly encourage others to download this application to assist them in their research.
– Teresa Richards, Staff, School of Medicine
HSL is an awesome place with a great atmosphere. I’m an older non-traditional medical student in my first year, and HSL is indispensable to me for study between lectures during the day, so I can go home to pick up my 6 month-old from daycare and have the evening relatively work-free. The staff are amazing and helpful, and I enjoy the atmosphere of seeing my classmates working here or getting a coffee from Friend’s Cafe. Thank you HSL for being a great resource for me and all my classmates.
– Jake, medical student
I just wanted to rave about my experience with the resources available to students through the library. I have used the “Chat with the Librarian” feature multiple times and I find it so helpful! The respondents have always been so kind and helpful, very happy and upbeat. You can tell they enjoy what they are doing by helping students. I really can’t say enough about the great experiences I have had. The people are so friendly, they always help with my issues, and they are so quick about finding my answers. I am so appreciative of this system and wanted to provide some strong positive feedback! Thanks UNC!
– Brittany Schwartz, student, Public Health Health Policy & Management
What do you love about the HSL? Share your “love notes” with us and we’ll include them on the I Love My HSL blog! Three ways to share the love:
Thank you! Oh, one other thing. We love our patrons too!
Note: During the week of Valentine’s day HSL staff will circulate with cameras and recorders to ask patrons why they love the HSL. Participation is optional. Only selected quotes, images, and videos will be included on the blog.
The therapy dog exhibit within the entryway facing Columbia Street is fabulous! I missed Othello today but visiting with Seamus was certainly beneficial to my mental health. Please keep these types of exhibits and events going.
On December 11, two therapy dogs, Seamus and Othello, along with their owners (Laura Pavlech and Aly Curtis) visited with delighted staff and students in the HSL collaboration center.
HSL patrons commented that it was “a great idea! Please do it again!” and mentioned the “very nice display about the dogs as helpers.” The exhibit is at the HSL entrance on the first floor. Therapy dog photographs are exhibited on the second floor.
The exhibit and event were the brainstorm of HSL staff member Lynn Gunter. Lynn thought that such an event would be fun and also help bring about greater awareness of the important contributions of dogs and animals to our lives.
Lynn stresses that working with therapy dogs is a win-win for both people and the animals. The dogs bring calmness and joy to people, and provide the unconditional love that is so important to a person who is going through a difficult illness or emotional trauma.
Lynn has worked with therapy dogs in nursing homes and other settings. Many of the people helped by therapy dogs have few opportunities for interactions with others. “It is so heartwarming to see the brightness in the eyes of people” served by the dogs, she said.
Therapy Dogs go through a training program in preparation for serving. After completing obedience training, candidate dogs undergo Canine Good Citizens training, followed by a Therapy Dog certification test.
Lynn Gunter has served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Alamance County and worked for the No Kill Coalition of Alamance County. She continues to work as an advocate for animals in various ways, including serving as a foster parent and working with stray animals.
If you would like to see HSL do more to highlight the therapeutic contributions of animals, give us a bark!
You can see more pictures of Othello and Seamus on the HSL Flickr site.