Visualizing Bibliotherapy: Applying a Mixed-Methods Approach to Collection Development Using Digital Tools

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Peter Cannon

University of South Florida - School of Information

Denise Shereff

University of South Florida - School of Information

Natalie Taylor

University of South Florida - School of Information

Date Written: February 21, 2020

Abstract

Our socio-cognitive evolution has allowed us to develop those skills necessary for navigating the complexities inherent in social situations, permitting us to understand, among other things, another’s state of mind. While recent research from the neurosciences suggest that reading fiction may improve our socio-cognitive abilities, known as theory of mind (ToM) processing, no studies have identified the specific textual features that recruit these processes. Discovering those textual features that activate our ToM processing is of interest to the field of library and information science since it may be used for collection development purposes, especially in the practice of bibliotherapy. To test this hypothesis, this paper employed a mixed-methods approach called empirical simulation to identify those specific textual features that engage our ToM processes. This analysis found that a small group of texts known to activate ToM processing shared certain textual features, and that these textual features can then be used to locate previously unidentified books useful for bibliotherapy.

Keywords: Bibliotherapy, collection development, medical librarianship

Suggested Citation

Cannon, Peter and Shereff, Denise and Taylor, Natalie, Visualizing Bibliotherapy: Applying a Mixed-Methods Approach to Collection Development Using Digital Tools (February 21, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3612521 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3612521

Peter Cannon (Contact Author)

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Denise Shereff

University of South Florida - School of Information ( email )

4202 E. Fowler Ave
CIS 1040
Tampa, FL 33620-8100
United States

Natalie Taylor

University of South Florida - School of Information ( email )

4202 E. Fowler Ave
CIS 1040
Tampa, FL 33620-8100
United States

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