Our Monthly Topic for December is Stress Management!
The end of the year is often a stressful time in libraries. There is so much to do, to finish, to throw together quickly, and everyone else is busy and stressed so they are not helping to calm things down!
But this is not just a seasonal issue. My research into stress in libraries has shown there is a LOT of stress happening in libraries all over the place - probably including yours! Library people have been embarrassed to admit to being stressed at work, even though we have plenty of stressors - but it has not been discussed often enough.Too often the advice stressed out library people get is "Smile more!" Nice, but that's not going to bring someone back from the edge of burnout.
So in this seminar we will look at some common stressors in libraries, and identify some strategies for addressing them at the organization level so we can avoid burnout across the library. And we will work through some skills for personal relaxation, helping us to increase our serenity levels to (mostly!) survive the end of year intact - then take that stress management into the new year!
You are invited to attend either in-person session (they are identical). Feel free to bring your food! We will provide beverages. Web material will be available for members unable to attend.
Excited to see you there!