Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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The application of bibliotherapy in psychiatric hospitals is still limited due to several factors, such as the lack of guidelines and standards, the mismatch of expectations between professionals, and the difficulty in achieving systematic cooperation between librarians and health workers. This study aims to find out the role of each party involved and to find out how bibliotherapy can have an impact on patients. The method used in this research is qualitative and case study developed with purposive sampling technique to obtain information from librarians and health workers involved in the bibliotherapy program. Data collection techniques were through interviews, observation, and documentation. Data analysis was conducted to produce valid and credible research findings, to understanding the librarian skills used in bibliotherapy and steps of implementing bibliotherapy in mental hospitals. By understanding the skills and steps of bibliotherapy implementation, this research is to provide recommendations that can be adopted by health institutions to increase the quality of bibliotherapy program in the recovery of patients with mental health conditions. In addition, this research is also expected to provide input to libraries in developing inclusive and user-friendly services. This research examines the collaboration between librarians and health workers in enhancing the effectiveness of bibliotherapy for healing in mental hospitals. Based on the observations made, the hospital facilitates bibliotherapy practices such as book review, mobile book visits, and which in the bibliotherapy session of the psychiatric hospital give rewards to patients who have followed a series of bibliotherapy processes so that patients are motivated and feel valued.