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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

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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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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

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