Like all of us, my world was thrown into chaos in March when libraries began measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. March 12th was the last day I was “in the office.” I have a chronic cough, which was (understandably), making people nervous, and I could work from home, so I started before the university’s official shut down. I had four trips scheduled in April and May that included 3 workshops and 1 presentation. I shifted my focus to scheduling webinars with guest speakers that could help with the uncertainty and stress in libraries during COVID-19. I put energy into encouraging libraries to close, to ensure the safety of staff and patrons. All very important and much-needed things. But it hasn’t been helping my stress levels.
Personally, I have been sewing masks to donate to the local hospitals, daycare, senior care centers, food pantry, and the local autism group. As well as supporting friends and family during these trying and strange times.
On March 5th, I signed my contract with ALA for the forthcoming book, Fostering Wellness in the Workplace for announced on April 29th after we finalized bringing Twanna Hodge on board. We set a very ambitious delivery deadline in August. Unfortunately, I haven’t made much progress due to many issues, including the amount of time spent on social media.
Starting this week, I’m moving to a four-day workweek. My workload has increased. I get about twice as much email as I did before the pandemic. This will allow me some much needed time away from the computer to help with stress, screen time fatigue, ergonomic issues, and reclaim some work-life balance.
I’m stepping back from my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I will be checking on the groups and Pages I administer. I may occasionally post if something I come across while working on the book catches my eye, or something I do for work would be helpful. Please forgive me if I miss an important post from you during this time. I hope you are able to make adjustments for your health and well-being.
In preparation for the book, I have created a new Facebook page, and I will be posting articles, webinars, and other helpful information there on creating a healthy working environment for staff. Give it a “like.” Take care.