Schedule for BLOSSOM A free virtual symposium for library staff #blossom2021

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It is hard to believe that only a little over four months I proposed to my supervisor that we host a virtual event for library staff health and wellness. I do not often overlap my day job with my blog and outside work, but this project used all of my resources both inside and outside …

Presentation : How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19 

I presented as part of a panel webinar for ALA's Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will present the free webinar “How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19” on February 3rd. My co-presenters were Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Tonya A. Garcia, …

Save the Date! BLOSSOM: Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness. A free virtual symposium for library staff

As part of my position at the Network of the National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region office at the University of Iowa I am very excited to share information about this upcoming free virtual symposium. This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The …

“Moving Health and Wellness Online at Your Library” in ‘Pivoting during the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere’ from ALA Press

Looking back on the last year, and by year I mean since March 2020, I am amazed at what I have and have not accomplished. I missed the deadline for The book I was so excited to write. I have struggled to focus and feel motivated to write, even on something that was is very …

Weight Loss and Step Count Programs Should not be part of a Library Wellness Plan

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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 …