New iterationMindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure eCourse

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For Immediate Release

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Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure. Richard Moniz and Martin House will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed at work? Throughout this four-week eCourse, you’ll learn tips and tricks to better handle stress and become more mindful in the workplace. Instructors Richard Moniz and Martin House will discuss burnout theory and the overall impact it has on you, library users, and your organization as a whole. You’ll be introduced to mindfulness, discuss its significance and how it relates to the library profession, and learn techniques to put theory into practice. The practical strategies you learn can be implemented right away to succeed in your position and thrive under pressure.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Understanding the Burnout Phenomenon and other “Occupational Hazards”

  • What areas of library work cause you the most stress? What are common stressors in the profession?
  • How do we deal with our compassion fatigue at the service desk and serve our patrons in these challenging times?
  • What is burnout theory and what are its elements?
  • What are the ramifications for the burnout librarian (emotional and physical)?
  • What are the organizational costs of burnout?
  • What are the customer service costs of burnout?
  • What can you do as part of your daily work to mitigate burnout and remain engaged?

Week 2: Introduction to Mindfulness

  • What is mindfulness and why is it relevant to us?
  • What do we know about mindfulness in relation to library work (results from a national study will be shared and discussed)?
  • How do you practice mindfulness or what practices would you like to know more about?
  • How can you start practicing mindfulness or enrich your mindful practice?

Week 3: Mindfulness, Burnout and the Social Environment in the Workplace

  • What role does organizational culture have in impacting stress, burnout, and mindfulness (or lack of)? What can we do about it?
  • How can the workplace become a social network that is supportive of mindfulness and reduces burnout? How can we be more intentional in applying mindfulness to specific library roles?
  • Can mindfulness make our lives and work more enjoyable and challenges easier to handle?

Week 4: Reflection

  • What are/were your experiences in practicing and discussing mindfulness? What works for you and what doesn’t?
  • What was particularly hard about putting this theory into practice?
  • Did you see any improvements? Personal or work life?
  • What are you going to do now that you have this information and practice? How can we continue the process of learning more about mindfulness and stay on track in reducing stress in our roles?

About the Instructors

Richard Moniz, EdD, has served as Director of Library Services for Johnson & Wales University's Miami campus from 1997–2004 and has been the Director of Library Services at Johnson & Wales University's Charlotte campus since 2004. He has also, in the past, simultaneously served as Head of Information Technology Services for Johnson & Wales in Miami and taught classes on subjects such as computer science, world history, US history, and American government. Additionally, since 2006, he has taught for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Courses taught have included Information Sources and Services, Special Libraries, Library Administration, Information Sources in the Professions, and Online Bibliographic Information Retrieval. Dr. Moniz has published in numerous places. He is sole author of the 2010 textbook Practical and Effective Management of Libraries, coauthor of Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison, and coauthor and coeditor of The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience. He is actively engaged in the profession and has held a number of committee and board responsibilities within the ALA, LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association), ACRL, CLS (College Libraries), and Metrolina Library Association (including serving as President of this organization) in addition to other nonprofit organizations such as Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte Museum of History, and Charlotte's Arts and Science Council.

Martin House currently serves as Assistant Director for Public Services at Central Piedmont Community College and joined the college in 2010. Prior to his work at the community college, House worked in a variety of roles at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, where he held a manager role for several years. Over the course of his career, he has always had an interest in user and staff engagement. Interested from the social sciences perspective, he is working to unravel the role of burnout and job demands and resources in the library workplace. Currently, in his dissertation phase of an Ed.D. from Northeastern University (Boston), Martin is examining possible causes of burnout among community college librarians. He has published two articles: “Dealing with Workplace Complexities and Engaging Staff” published in Leading the 21st-Century Academic Library: Successful Strategies for Envisioning and Realizing Preferred Futures and the forthcoming article “Implementing the Open-Source KOHA-ILS at the Deutsche Schule Charlotte” in Digital Library Perspectives.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on March 5, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions (ELS) produces high-quality professional development events and materials for the library profession. ELS events cover modern issues on a wide variety of topics in formats that include live workshops, asynchronous eCourses, and print publications. We help ensure that today’s library employees have access to the professional development opportunities they need, whether they are brushing up on the basics or expanding their horizons with cutting-edge tools. Contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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