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Mental Health Curriculum Brought to Life

Genius Academy is an on-demand platform offering experiential learning tools designed for psychology, social work, and counseling education.

In partnership with Library Lever, Genius Academy is offering their best-in-class mental health curriculum at a discounted price to VALE membership. 

How the Library Lever Mission Aligns with VALE

Library Lever is a new buying club (similar to a library consortium) that has redefined the procurement process by delivering practical & evidence-based solutions to help curate digital collections. Our mission is keeping libraries on budget with affordable participation fees, eliminating service charges (no added cost to subscriptions) and passing 100% of the discount directly to our clients.  Unlike traditional buying clubs, we are not geographically based, and serve both public and academic libraries allowing us achieve greater volume discounts.  
VALE's core purpose is to serve as a cooperative to reduce resource costs through shared purchasing and licensing and to foster exchange of ideas and expertise to transform NJ member libraries. While VALE focuses primarily on member libraries, it also partners with ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS which focuses on individual member support, and NJEdge, which allows improved communication with higher education administrators and academic leaders and serves as the fiduciary agent to VALE.

The core competencies and missions of Library Lever and VALE align in this offering of Genius Academy. 

Benefits of Genius Academy

Case Studies

Transform your learning experience with high-fidelity case studies that add valuable 'human' insight into topics, theories, or examinations of social issues. This creates a compelling experience that facilitates learning through a deeper understanding.
https://experiencegenius.academy/dsm-video-immersion-series

Nia presents for therapy after her steadily declining mental condition manifested in erratic, dangerous behavior that concluded with her being jailed. She explained that she was once a confident, happy woman, but she is now at the mercy of a disorder that causes her mood to fluctuate greatly. She noted that, at times, she feels so energized and strong that she can accomplish anything, which may have been what led her to drop everything and embark on an ill-planned cross-country road trip. As viewers listen to her recall the details of the incident and explain her condition, they observe clues about her symptoms and utilize the information to figure out an appropriate diagnosis for her condition.  

VALE Libraries Course Mapping Information

The Library Lever Team has mapped Genius Academy Mental Health Library videos to several courses across disciplines at select VALE member institutions to highlight the pedagogical efficacy of this content.

Centenary University Course Mapping Document
The Genius Academy Library of on-demand streaming videos seamlessly integrate into social work, therapy, psychology, and related curricula to create a dynamic and immersive learning experience for students at all levels. By way of illustration, The Library Lever Team has mapped Genius Academy content to select courses in the Psychology, Counseling and Equine Studies programs at Centenary University to provide examples of course-relevant content, and to encourage further exploration of the complete Genius Academy Library. 

Princeton University Course Mapping Document
The Genius Academy Library of on-demand streaming videos seamlessly integrate into social work, therapy, psychology, and related curricula to create a dynamic and immersive learning experience for students at all levels. By way of illustration, The Library Lever Team has mapped Genius Academy content to select courses in the Psychology and Neuroscience programs at Princeton University to provide examples of course-relevant content, and to encourage further exploration of the complete Genius Academy Library. 

Rowan University Course Mapping Document

The Genius Academy Library of on-demand streaming videos seamlessly integrate into social work, therapy, psychology, and related curricula to create a dynamic and immersive learning experience for students at all levels. By way of illustration, The Library Lever Team has mapped Genius Academy content to select courses in the Psychology, Education, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise programs at Rowan University to provide examples of course-relevant content, and to encourage further exploration of the complete Genius Academy Library.

Rowan College at Burlington County Course Mapping Document
The Genius Academy Library of on demand streaming videos seamlessly integrate into social work, therapy, psychology, and related curricula to create a dynamic and immersive learning experience for students at all levels. By way of illustration, The Library Lever Team has mapped Genius Academy content to select courses in the Social and Behavioral Science and Nursing Programs at Rowan College to provide examples of course - relevant content, and to encourage further exploration of the complete Genius Academy Library.

Rutgers University Course Mapping Document
The Genius Academy Library of on-demand streaming videos seamlessly integrate into social work, therapy, psychology, and related curricula to create a dynamic and immersive learning experience for students at all levels. By way of illustration, The Library Lever Team has mapped Genius Academy content to select courses in the Clinical Psychology, School Counseling and Education programs at Rutgers University to provide examples of course-relevant content, and to encourage further exploration of the complete Genius Academy Library.

Pricing for VALE members

Genius Academy prices based on number of seats and is offering a bespoke custom quote for VALE libraries to subscribe together. We are finalizing pricing and will update it as soon as possible.


How Genius Academy Fits with VALE Goals

From the VALE 2020-2022 Three Year Strategic Plan
Collections and Content: Streamlining electronic content acquisitions and championing consortial savings
Goal 4: VALE creates more streamlined acquisition processes to benefit member libraries.

Genius Academy is a brand new resource in a subject that has become much more important to academic libraries. 
From the American Psychological Association: (https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/04/libraries-health-hubs)

"Although the university librarians were not typically seeing patrons experiencing homelessness, they were unsure about how to deal with disruptive behaviors among some students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). So Behrend started teaching an online professional development course to educate librarians across the country on how ASD presents in children, adolescents and adults, and how to communicate with these individuals. Participants learn that pacing and making loud noises can be methods of self-regulation and that overly bright lighting can also be difficult for these patrons to manage."

VALE Libraries will save by being early adopters

  • Genius Academy is a service not currently offered to libraries
  • Being early adopters will enable VALE libraries to achieve the best pricing
  • Early adopters will likely have more of an input and opportunity to provide feedback in the development of the resource

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About Library Lever

We are transforming the legacy buying club into a Mission-driven Brokerage designed to realize value and impact for both libraries and publishers by harnessing the power of shared data to inform development in content creation and to drive investment in equitable access.


The Library Lever team has spent 50+ years in the industry working in libraries, consortia, publishers, and technology companies. Our team also includes consultants from outside the library industry providing expertise in technology, lean/agile development, and marketing. 

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We are excited to see how Library Lever grows. Rob's experience, vision, and enthusiasm for libraries is incredible. Under his leadership and the team he has put together, we are looking forward to watching the company flourish.


MICHELLE YOUNG, MLS//
DEAN OF LIBRARIES|
CLARKSON UNIVERSITY

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Robert's work with our library system has been a pleasure. He was able to quickly understand our needs making recommendations that worked well for us. Working with Robert allowed allows us to refine our collection, minimize duplication and increase engagement with our students. His delivery of the project was timely, professional, and efficient. We are looking forward to working with Robert again in the future.

Michoel Rotenfeld // Associate Director, Touro University Libraries

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The library industry is evolving, with exciting new products and trends being discovered all the time. The team at Library Lever will help libraries navigate the process, keeping librarians one step ahead of the learning curve. Iā€™m looking forward to watching the company flourish

Ben Ide// Head, Library Resource and Metadata Services,
University of Hartford

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