For immediate release | February 12, 2019

Recipes for mindfulness in your library

CHICAGO — Mindfulness not only offers the possibility of a healthy life/career balance for librarians themselves, but in challenging times of rapid social change and uncertainty, it also represents a powerful way to build community resilience. In fact, mindfulness experiences can be structured to nurture the kind of civic engagement and discourse essential for library support. “Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library: Supporting Resilience and Community Engagement,” published by ALA Editions, explores a wide range of approaches that demonstrate how librarians have integrated mindfulness into their teaching, collections, services, programming, spaces, partnerships, and professional development. Edited by Madeleine Charney, Jenny Colvin, and Richard Moniz, this book will be an inspirational idea generator for library administrators, marketers, and outreach staff. Inside, the contributors delve into such mindful activities as:

  • using a work journal to practice reflective writing;
  • mindful strategies for leading library teams;
  • yoga and meditation groups at public libraries;
  • helping students destress with a library Zen Zone;
  • deploying digital resources to promote mindfulness;
  • mindful scholarship at Minneapolis College; and
  • overcoming research anxiety using a mindful approach.

Charney is a research services librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an active member of the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group on her campus and helps facilitate a new campus initiative, Mindfulness for All. Colvin is the assistant director for Outreach Services at Furman University Libraries in South Carolina, encompassing library instruction, research assistance, the branch libraries, and the library liaison program. During the May Experience term, she teaches classes in storytelling and reading. She is a cofounder of ARCL’s Contemplative Pedagogy Interest Group. Moniz, EdD, is Head Librarian at Horry Georgetown Technical College. During his career he has taught classes on subjects such as computer science, world history, US history, American government, Information Sources and Services, Special Libraries, Library Administration, Information Sources in the Professions, and Online Bibliographic Information Retrieval. He has published widely, including as sole author of “Practical and Effective Management of Libraries,” and coauthor of “The Dysfunctional Library: Challenges and Solutions to Workplace Relationships” and “Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison.”

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