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