Health and Wellness at ALA MidWinter #ALAMW20 #Libs4Health

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If you will be at ALA MidWinter there are several sessions about health and wellness that might interest you.

Wellness in the Library Workplace: LLAMA Leadership Development Seminar

Sunday, January 26, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-C

You’re a library manager or administrator. You already know how the library helps those in your community find health information. However, do you know how your library’s employees are managing their own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be areas of wellness for their employees. Learn ways to help ensure that your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.) by joining Bobbi Newman and Christina Pryor as they demonstrate practical ways to improve personal well-being and increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy, and safe work environments.

Co-presented by myself and my colleague Chris Pryor.

While researching the course this presentation is based upon I came across a wide variety of recommendations for health and wellness programs at work. Some include privacy issues, some are ablist and body-shaming (I’m looking at you weight-loss and step-count programs). This session won’t recommend any of those! It is focused on what management and leaders can do to promote a healthy workplace, don’t worry I won’t recommend tea or cat videos! 🙂

Mindful Librarianship—Achieving Success Through Daily Mindfulness Practices

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Placement Center – Terrace I Ballroom

Mindfulness in the workplace is more than a trend. It is a highly beneficial practice that can support positive productivity and improve emotional clarity. Join us for this interactive session where we will share the benefits of mindfulness and provide real strategies for how to use this practice in your daily life. You will learn simple ways to practice self-care, team up with colleagues, and discover techniques that can have a lasting impact on your mental health and general well-being.

I’ll be presenting this program where we will look at the evidence for the benefits of mindfulness practices and explore several types of mindfulness practices.