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February is the Hardest Month

Recently I had this conversation a couple of different times with friends. Although it is not library-specific, it feels right to share these thoughts on the blog. A couple of years ago, in February, while sitting at the airport with a delayed flight to Baltimore, I decided I was over February. As someone who struggles with the lack of sunlight in Iowa in the Winter … Continue reading February is the Hardest Month

Presentation : How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19 

I presented as part of a panel webinar for ALA’s Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will present the free webinar “How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19” on February 3rd. My co-presenters were Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Tonya A. Garcia, Director, Long Branch Free Public Library, New Jersey. We discussed … Continue reading Presentation : How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19 

Save the Date! BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness. A free virtual symposium for library staff

As part of my position at the Network of the National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region office at the University of Iowa I am very excited to share information about this upcoming free virtual symposium. This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, … Continue reading Save the Date! BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness. A free virtual symposium for library staff

“Moving Health and Wellness Online at Your Library” in ‘Pivoting during the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere’ from ALA Press

Looking back on the last year, and by year I mean since March 2020, I am amazed at what I have and have not accomplished. I missed the deadline for The book I was so excited to write. I have struggled to focus and feel motivated to write, even on something that was is very important to me, and is arguably more important than even … Continue reading “Moving Health and Wellness Online at Your Library” in ‘Pivoting during the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere’ from ALA Press

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Weight Loss and Step Count Programs Should not be part of a Library Wellness Plan

This post began as part of my post sharing my “Creating a Culture of Wellness in Your Library” presentation. But I realize it needs to be its own blog post, so here we go! First, let’s talk about the weight-loss aspect. There is a growing body of evidence that weight is not the best marker for health. [i] The BMI is rooted in racism[ii] and … Continue reading Weight Loss and Step Count Programs Should not be part of a Library Wellness Plan

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“Creating a Culture of Wellness for Library Staff”, Presentation for APA-ALA

At the end of July, I presented a webinar for the ALA-Allied Professional Association on creating a culture of wellness in your library. Creating a Culture of Wellness for Library Staff: It is now more important than ever to create a healthy environment for library workers. Fostering a culture of wellness can help lower stress, reduce burnout, improve recovery from compassion fatigue and more. This … Continue reading “Creating a Culture of Wellness for Library Staff”, Presentation for APA-ALA

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Integrating Wellness into Zoom Meetings

Many of us are spending our pandemic days (yes, we are still in the midst of a pandemic) moving from Zoom meeting to Zoom meeting (or insert your platform of choice). This can result in mental anxiety and stress from the overwhelming number of meetings. As well as physical strain on our eyes from looking at a screen too much and our bodies from not … Continue reading Integrating Wellness into Zoom Meetings