Kidding Around: Using Play to Reduce Stress and Increase Cognition
Thursday, October 13, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Law schools and law firms are stressful environments which can lead individuals to feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, potentially resulting in destructive behaviour. Universities and professional legal associations have developed wellness and mental health programs to assist individuals develop coping mechanisms. Librarians can supplement these programs by offering fun-filled, playful activities which will reduce stress in and increase the cognitive abilities of their patrons.
In recent years, researchers have extolled the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of adults partaking of childhood games. Libraries are perfectly situated to provide students, lawyers and staff with opportunities to play. Self-paced “take-a-break” games and activities, for example, allow individuals to spend a few minutes having fun and becoming re-energized. Planned events can be useful in creating a positive social environment by bringing students, lawyers and staff together to have fun or engage in playful competition.
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Kim Clarke is the Head of the Bennett Jones Law Library and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Calgary. She received her law degree from the University of Manitoba and her Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from the University of Alberta. Kim articled and practiced with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman in Winnipeg before serving as a legal analyst with the Manitoba Law Reform Commission. Upon graduating with her MLIS degree, Kim worked at The Ohio State University and then the University of Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law where she was the Assistant Dean for Library and Research Services. She has taught introductory and advanced legal research courses for the past nineteen years at universities in both Canada and the United States. Her scholarship interests include legal education, the teaching of legal research and library management issues.