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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

Title screen of presentation "Creating a Culture of Wellness in Your Library" Bobbi Newman, @librarianbyday, librarianbyday.net, bobbi-newman@uiowa.edu

“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

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Mover and Shaker Revoked

It is difficult to put fingers to the keyboard to write this post. There is so much happening in the world. I have tried to stay true to my commitment to take a break from social media, with limited success. Last month Library Journal gave the Seattle Public Library the  Library of the Year award. The article for the award mentions SPL’s commitment to social … Continue reading Mover and Shaker Revoked

“Making Your Library Sustainable for Your Community and Our Future” Presentation, #ALAvirtual20

Last week during the ALA Annual 2020 virtual conferences I was part of the ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT) President’s Program on sustainability and libraries. The New Member Round Table President’s Program brings together librarians with a variety of perspectives on sustainability and how it is integrated into library work. Topics of our panel discussion will include initiatives and programming in academic and public … Continue reading “Making Your Library Sustainable for Your Community and Our Future” Presentation, #ALAvirtual20

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Stepping Back from Social Media To Take Time to Write and Reduce Stress

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 … Continue reading Stepping Back from Social Media To Take Time to Write and Reduce Stress

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Libraries Working From Home #LibrariesWFH

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. Staff should not be required to report to work to get paid.  All of us should be getting paid. Some of us are working from home. This morning Rachel Walden suggested to me that this would be a good time to bring back … Continue reading Libraries Working From Home #LibrariesWFH