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, with key takeaways to help improve the health and wellness of library staff. This event is open to library science students and all library staff regardless of employment status.

Save the Dates! March 24, 25, 26, 2021
All sessions will be closed captioned. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the NNLM YouTube (with the exception of the BIPOC only session).

SpeakersAbigail Phillips, Amanda Leftwich, Amy Tureen, Beth Gallaway, Callan Bignoli, Eamon Tewell, Eileen Ybarra, Fobazi Ettarh, Janet Damon, Jenn Carson, JJ Pionke, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Max Bowman, Nikhat Ghouse, Nisha Mody, Sara Slymon, Tasha Nins, Twanna Hodge, Wendy Peters, and more!

We have moved quickly on this project. It was the beginning of December when I first pitched the idea and began putting together a proposal. The budget is approved, there is an advisory committee, and we have secured most speakers. We are waiting to the Purchasing Department to finalize the contract with Virtual Experience Design to get the website up and registration open. We know how busy everyone is right now and how valuable time is so we have made a save the date!

Schedule All times are Central Time

Day 1 Wednesday, March 24 
11:00 – 11:30Welcome and opening remarks & guided practice 
11:45 – 1:15Keynote Panel
1:45 – 2:45Presentation 2
3:15 – 4:15Presentation3
4:30 – 5:30Virtual networking 
Day 2 Thursday, March 25 
11:00 – 11:30Welcome and guided practice
11:45 – 12:45Presentation 4
1:15 – 2:15Presentation 5
2:45 – 3:45 Presentation 6
4:15 – 5:15BIPOC only session
5:30 – 6:30 BIPC only virtual networking
Day 3 Friday, March 26 
11:00 – 11:30Welcome and guided practice
11:45 – 12:45Presentation 7
1:15 – 2:15Presentation 8
2:45 – 4:15 Closing Panel

You can enter your email address here to be notified when registration is open, but in the mean time block off these time spots on your calendar!

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