Print Page   |   Sign In
SWON News: The Low Down

SWON Weekly: Libraries Transform with Resilience

Thursday, September 08, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
Share |

 

  
 
SWON Weekly Header Image ©Rudi1976
Upcoming Events   Save the Date   More Stories

Resilience in Libraries

Change. Deal with it. Manage it. Change or die. Are you ready for change? We’re always changing! Love change? Hate change? Think you might be tired of hearing about change?

Like it or not, change probably isn’t going away, nor can we really stop talking about it, even if we are sometimes sick of hearing about it. Change is inevitable and often beyond our control – even for those in the upper echelons who need to respond to forces, ideas and powers that originate outside of the library world.

However, the concept of resilience may give us a way to respond to change, both in the library world and in our personal lives. Resilience is about preparing for change – even though we have no way of being sure what form that change will take – and about how we can respond to change, not simply react.

It’s okay not to predict what form change will take. In fact, it is impossible. Keeping a calm head in a rapidly changing situation, or even a crisis, isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone… even those who seem like an oasis of calm in the midst of panic.Instead, being ready to tackle change is a skill just like everything else and one that you can practice.

In a fast-paced and fast-changing environment, having tools like mindfulness training in your toolbox can help immensely. Even a welcome change can cause conflicting feelings of anxiety and upset, so it is important to be ready to deal with these emotions

Resilience is one of the many trending topics that form the American Library Associations “Libraries Transform” campaign and the theme of our keynote at this year’s Staff Training Symposium. Our speaker, Pat Wagner, has been consulting with libraries and librarians for over 40 years and will help us better understand how to prepare for change with real-world examples and techniques to boost our resilience.

All types of library staff from any kind of library are invited to join us on October 6th to learn from Pat about resilience, as well as attend Wagner’s breakout sessions on “Fandom” and becoming “Unplugged.” We’ll have breakouts on other ALA trends as well during this all-day training event.

Early bird pricing ends on September 15th, so register soon to get your discounted price. See you soon!

~ Cassondra Vick, MLIS 
    Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Academic Library Assocation of Ohio's Annual Conference
Early bird registration ends Sept. 30th!


 ALAO Invite

                          
  Register Now!  

Only a few seats left for Fall's Summer Reading Workshop


Summer Reading Details 


 
  Check it Out!  

 
Calendar Icon Coming up on the Calendar...
  Please register for SWON events by the Friday before they take place
 

 
Save the Date Icon Save the Date!
  Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months
 
 

Search
Sign In


Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?

Latest News
Upcoming Events

9/27/2016
Social Networking

9/27/2016
Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2017 - Build a Better World

9/27/2016
Webinar - “I Couldn’t Get a Ride”: Serving Teens When Your Library Isn’t Walkable

9/28/2016 » 9/30/2016
OLC Convention & Expo

9/28/2016
Webinar - Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies