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“Fostering Wellness in the Workplace” – Book Coming Soonish

I am excited to announce that I have signed a contract with ALA Editions for a book tentatively titled “Fostering Wellness in the Workplace.” This book will be an expansion of the very popular class I developed and teach at NNLM. I am particularly excited that Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida will be writing Chapter 5. Chapter 5 … Continue reading “Fostering Wellness in the Workplace” – Book Coming Soonish

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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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

October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?

Pew recently reported that health information is the second most searched online topic (1). Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution (2).  Technology and media literacy are important aspects of health literacy. Over 75% of those seeking health information start a search … Continue reading October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?

The best way to start writing about libraries and health is just to begin

I haven’t blogged in so long that just the idea of writing something felt overwhelming. But the best way to start is to begin. Last July I shared that I had taken a position at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region office at the University of Iowa. I’ve spent the last 6 plus months getting on board and immersing myself in the … Continue reading The best way to start writing about libraries and health is just to begin