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.
Two Paws Up!
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!
From HSL News: Every year the Health Sciences Library (HSL) recognizes two employees for their amazing work. In 2013, HSL honors Julia Shaw Kokot with the HSL Award of Excellence and Barbara Tysinger with the Award of Distinguished Service.
In addition, HSL Director Carol Jenkins was given a special award honoring her outstanding leadership of HSL over the past 26 years. Carol is retiring at the end of June 2013.
(12:05:25 PM) Patron: Can I just say that this chat thing is such an amazing service
(12:05:33 PM) KT Vaughan, Librarian: Glad you like it! (12:05:57 PM) Patron: Really, its so amazing, I’m in Baltimore and I can ask you a question! I really appreciate you all taking the time to do it
Our first week a librarian [Lara Handler] came to our class and had an adobe captivate presentation teaching us how to do Pubmed searches … I thought the presentation was excellent for doing an online presentation and also incorporating quizzes, so I’d like to show it to my principal investigator at UNC to show him why we should use the software
The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) presented the prestigious Watson Davis Award to K.T. Vaughan (MSLS ’01), pharmacy librarian at HSL and adjunct professor at the School of Pharmacy. Continue reading →