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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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“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

“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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“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