Resilience, Mindfulness, and Laughter, too

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Check out these upcoming learning opportunities!

  • Reducing Workplace Stress with Mindfulness
    A one-hour webinar, May 24th at Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM
    Presenter: Katie Scherrer
    Do you sometimes feel distracted at work? Do you feel pulled in too many directions simultaneously? Do you feel stress from your work life creeping into your personal time? Mindfulness is a simple practice that can help all of us reduce stress by connecting to the present moment. It requires no special equipment or prior experience and can be practiced anywhere at any time. This webinar will introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness by presenting basic science about the practice and its benefits, connecting the experience of mindfulness to library work, and by guiding participants through several beginning practices in real time.
  • Workplace Burnout: Bouncing Back with Resilience 
    An online course, starts June 5th and ends July 2nd
    Instructor: Debra Westwood
    Staff who work in public service positions, like libraries, face mental and emotional challenges in their daily work. Budget struggles, trying to make a difference in high need communities, changes in the library’s role, concerns at home, local and national politics – it adds up! When that kind of pressure is coming at you from all directions, it can contribute to a gradual grinding down, loss of joy, a fading enthusiasm that we call burn-out. In this 4-week course, look at the physiology & psychology of burnout, as well as how it manifests itself physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Know the difference between stress and burnout. Learn restorative practices to help restore resiliency and job satisfaction.
  • “I could really use a good laugh!” How to Give a Laughter-as-Therapy Program in Your Library
    A one-hour webinar, June 14th at Pacific – 12 Noon, Mountain – 1 PM, Central – 2 PM, Eastern – 3 PM
    Presenter: William Mongelli
    Stress – good AND bad – is a fact of human existence. As it turns out, laughter IS one of the best medicines! The physiological and psychological benefits of laughter and humor continue to be documented in the scientific study of laughter (gelatology). Even the simple act of smiling has been shown to improve mood and nurture a positive mental outlook. This webinar will give you the skill-sets necessary to teach both your library users and library staff a fun & effective way of managing the stresses of their day. Laughter-as-therapy in the library environment can be offered to library users of all ages.

What’s New in Young Adult Literature?

What are the latest “hot” young adult books? so many books

The world of YA literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000+ new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. We’d like to help!

You are invited to view Michael Cart’s new one-hour recorded session. He will bring you up to date with new trends and the best new titles for your collections. Both fiction and non-fiction titles are included.archive

In addition to the recording, access to the presentation slides and to the list of titles is provided.

Privacy Essentials

Many in the library world are working to better understand issues related to privacy. In Key On Computer Shows Privacy Password Or Unlockingthis post, we’ll highlight a few free resources that can help you learn more.

  • ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will be hosting a free webinar on April 16th. Julie Oborny and Erin Berman from San José Public Library will present “A Practical Guide to Privacy Audits.” Attendees will learn why healthy privacy practices are more critical than ever before and get a step-by-step guide for starting an audit at their libraries.
  • Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, recently delivered a webinar for Infopeople, called “Teaching Privacy in Libraries: Strategies and Tools.” At a time when society is facing a new set of challenges around privacy, surveillance, censorship and free speech, library workers, as stewards of information and providers of internet access, are in a prime position to educate patrons about their digital rights. In this free recording, Marcrina demonstrates tools and best practices that can be taught in any library environment, in one-on-one patron interactions or computer classes.
  • Back in November 2017, Laura Solomon presented an Infopeople webinar called, “Protecting Your Online Privacy: Risks and Strategies.” The free recording includes information and examples to help us understand why protecting one’s online privacy is now so critical and what can happen when one doesn’t. The session highlights various concrete methods and tools you can use to help protect online privacy as much as possible.

Trauma and Library Services

Talking to the media after Monday’s tragic shooting, San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey trauma webinar imgDavis said, “Far too often in our country and throughout the world, we gather to report this news of tragic events that take place.” Coping with traumatic events is an all-too-common thing. How can libraries help communities and individuals who are dealing with tragedy and trauma? How can we best respond to community needs in times of crisis?

One place to start is by better understanding trauma and its effects on people and on society. Earlier this year, Elissa Hardy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Community Resource Specialist at Denver Public Library, delivered an Infopeople webinar titled, Trauma Informed Services in the Library: Understanding and Serving our Community. In the session, Hardy discussed how libraries are directly impacted by the trauma and stress carried by the communities they serve and provides advice for serving with compassion. You can access the recorded webinar at https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=645.

Libraries can be a safe and supportive place and resource for those who have experienced trauma. Are there other resources that you would recommend to those who work in libraries and who are working to compassionately serve their communities? Please share in the comments below.

Building an Effective Learning Culture: Webinar Recap

videoAt Infopeople’s November 1st Building an Effective Learning Culture webinar, two things became very clear:

  • Many libraries are already doing successful things to support effective professional learning. Great examples were shared!
  • Getting people together to talk about the hows and whys of a learning culture is a valuable experience. We can learn so much from one another!recording

Missed the webinar? No worries! A recording of the one-hour session is available, as are the PowerPoint slides, chat and handouts. Lisa Barnhart, Crystal Schimpf, Stephanie Gerding, Brenda Hough, Rachel Rubin, and Maurice Coleman all shared during the session.As a preview, here is a taste of the webinar content and discussion.

Building an effective learning culture is a journey not a destination and we’re all at different places. We asked webinar participants six “How does this work at your library?” questions and individuals shared their successes and challenges.

  1. Is there a BUDGET for professional learning?

As you might expect, responses varied greatly, from “Yes, solid funding!” to “Some funding” to “No funding”.

2. Is TIME for training/learning provided?

This sparked one of the most active discussions during the webinar. We mentioned Tooele City Library (UT) director Jami Carter’s experiences with having staff set a weekly goal that can be accomplished in one hour of learning  and asked other participants to share their experiences with time and professional learning.  Joan Blalock has also adopted the one-hour per week model in Spartanburg (SC). Some states/libraries have required CE hours. Several participants mentioned that finding time for training can be challenging, especially for part-time staff. A number of people mentioned that although there is time provided for formal learning opportunities, there is not a structure in place to support more informal learning.

3. Does the library have an ORGANIZED PROGRAM for staff development?

Not surprisingly, a number of webinar participants are in staff development or training positions in their libraries. Onboarding new staff was mentioned as a training need that sometimes dominates staff development time.

4. Is there LEADERSHIP BUY-IN regarding the importance of a learning culture?

Many webinar participants are in leadership roles in their libraries so when asked about leadership buy-in, they said, “That’s me and I’m actively encouraging it!” Other webinar participants reported varying levels of leadership buy-in.

5. Is there STAFF BUY-IN regarding the importance of a learning culture?

Based upon webinar participant input, this can be a challenge. While some staff enthusiastically embrace professional learning, getting other staff to buy-in can be difficult. Motivating ongoing learning seems to be a priority need.

6. What SUCCESSFUL METHODS has your library implemented for building a learning culture?

A lot of great ideas and examples were shared, including new hire orientation programs, individual learning plans for all staff, and leadership training programs.

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Is your organization interested in really focusing attention on building your learning culture? If so, you may be interested in participating in Infopeople’s upcoming pilot project! Up to 10 libraries will be selected. Each library will create a team with 3-5 participants. The team members will complete work individually and as a group. A mentor will be assigned to each group. Team fees are $500/team for CA residents and $600/team for outside CA.

Interested in learning more? Additional details are here. Applications are being accepted until November 23, 2016. Teams will not be selected based upon a first come, first serve basis, but instead will be selected to ensure diverse library sizes and geographic locations.