Why Curbside Pick Up at Your Library Isn’t Safe

Libraries are essential. Libraries are a cornerstone of community health and wellness, whether that community is the general public, a school, or a campus. We want to help. That’s our jam. It’s what we do. We help. Right now the most important thing any library can do to help is to flatten the curve. There are now only two groups of Americans. Group A includes … Continue reading Why Curbside Pick Up at Your Library Isn’t Safe

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Library Closures for COVID-19

At this point, your library should be closed. The American Library Association, The Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries have all issued statements.  Some of us are working from home. Some of us are just home. Staff should not be required to report to work to get paid.  All of us should be getting paid. You should not … Continue reading Library Closures for COVID-19

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Advice for Those at Home, Working and Otherwise

At this point, your library should be closed. Some of us are working from home. Some of us are just home. Staff should not be required to report to work to get paid. All of us should be getting paid. General advice Keep a regular schedule. Get up and get ready every day. This provides some order and calm into your day. There is some … Continue reading Advice for Those at Home, Working and Otherwise

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Some Questions to Ask as Libraries Decide Whether to Stay Open or to Close

Update 3/26/2020 – Your library should be closed. The American Library Association, The Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries have all issued statements. Some of us are working from home. Some of us are just home. Staff should not be required to report to work to get paid.  You should not be offering curbside picked up or any other similar … Continue reading Some Questions to Ask as Libraries Decide Whether to Stay Open or to Close

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities Call to Action

For the last six months or so I’ve been serving on the advisory board for the Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis a joint PLA and OCLC project funded by IMLS with the goal of learning how public libraries are responding to the opioid crisis in their communities.  Last week the final piece of the project was released, the Call to Action. It includes ideas, and resources … Continue reading Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities Call to Action

Mindfulness Presentation at ALA MidWinter 2020 #ALAmw20 #health4libs

On Sunday I hosted a session on Mindfulness at ALA MidWinter for the ALA Allied Professional Association. This was an interactive session with the audience who shared their practices and recommendations. Many great resources were shared beyond what is included in my slides and the session was not recorded so hopefully, some will share their recommendations in the comments. For what is worth here is … Continue reading Mindfulness Presentation at ALA MidWinter 2020 #ALAmw20 #health4libs

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Health and Wellness at ALA MidWinter #ALAMW20 #Libs4Health

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 … Continue reading Health and Wellness at ALA MidWinter #ALAMW20 #Libs4Health