Second Wellness in the Library Workplace two-week course starts in May

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/22/2019


Beatrice Calvin

Manager, Professional Development

Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)


You’re a library worker. You are already helping those in your community find health information. But what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Are you a supervisor? How are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)?


Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces provide an environment of wellness for their employees. As part of her presidential theme on Wellness, ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President Loida Garcia-Febo has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to bring a complimentary two-week course to library workers worldwide. The first course, which begins in April, filled-up quickly. Therefore, a second course was added to accommodate additional participants. It begins May 20, 2019. Register now.


Join us to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. We will discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.


In this two-week, four-CE online course, participants will explore the aspects of a healthy workplace, including physical, mental and emotional components. During the first week, we will look at the evidence showing the benefits of maintaining a healthy working environment and why it matters to you, to the library and to your community. We will discuss what does and does not make a healthy working environment. During the second week, participants will learn about and explore changes they can make at an individual level to improve workplace health and wellness. We will also discuss changes that could and should be made at the team and organizational levels to improve workplace health and wellness for everyone.


This course is asynchronous online using Moodle. There are no set hours to be online each week.


Send questions about this course to Bobbi Newman.


Send questions about the ALA-APA to Beatrice Calvin, Manager of Professional Development.


For wellness resources, visit the ALA-APA Wellness page.


About the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

The mission of the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the NLM and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.


About the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA)

The ALA Allied Professional Association is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA). It is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”