Madeleine 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. She is in the process of becoming a certified instructor of Koru, an evidence-based mindfulness program for emerging adults.
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- About the Authors
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. This collection explores a wide range of approaches that demonstrate how librarians have integrated mindfulness into their teaching, collections, services, programming, spaces, partnerships, and professional development. An inspirational idea generator for library administrators, marketers, and outreach staff, in this book 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.
As more librarians commit to individual and sustained reflection and practices in their own lives, those approaches can expand to include the communities they serve. This collection offers more than a dozen in-depth examples of mindfulness in action.
Part I Library as Hub
Chapter 1 Cultivating a “Mindful Medicine” Ethos
Rebecca Snyder and Robin O’Hanlon
Chapter 2 Accidentally Sustainable: Building a Weekly Meditation Community
Chapter 3 The Be Project: Sparking a Quiet Revolution in Rural Kentucky
Chapter 4 Providing a Space to Rest: Weaving Restorative Yoga into the Strategic Plan
Part II Innovative Services
Chapter 5 Mindful McQuade: Mindfulness in the Heart of a Small College Campus
Catherine Wong, Katherine LaFlamme, and Michaela Keating
Chapter 6 Mindfulness Experiences: The Library Brain Booth
Katia G. Karadjova
Chapter 7 Craving Quiet: A Library’s Zen Zone
Kellie Sparks and Hillary Fox
Part III Personal Practice
Chapter 8 Mindful and Reflective Writing as Strategy: How a Work Journal Can Help Make You Whole
Chapter 9 Mindfulness Is Not a Life Hack
Elizabeth Galoozis and Caro Pinto
Chapter 10 Outreach for Inreach: Using Digital Resources to Promote Mindfulness
Chapter 11 Mindfully Managing Library Teams
Part IV Teaching/Research
Chapter 12 Shifting the Pace: Contemplative Practices and the Research Process
Chapter 13 A Persistent Praxis: Putting Mindfulness Scholarship into Action at Minneapolis College
Chapter 14 Going with the Flow: Finding Flexible Functionality in Teaching and Mentoring
Anne Pemberton and Lisa Coats
Chapter 15 Overcoming Research Anxiety: A Mindful Approach to Literature Review Searching
Elizabeth Galoozis and Kevin Michael Klipfel
"Writers offer ideas, anecdotes, and real-life examples ... A great resource for those interested in taking a mindful approach in their libraries."
— Library Journal
"Each chapter stands on its own and gives library personnel the tools to start programs in public or academic libraries, no matter how small. This reviewer intends to put to use ideas for an undergraduate library in a small community."
"An accessible, useful resource for librarians interested in learning more about mindfulness and its applications for their libraries, their patrons, and themselves."