Mindfulness in Libraries
Instructor: Katie Scherrer
Dates: September 3rd through 28th, 2018
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
The scientific research on mindfulness is in and it is remarkable. Through simply making time in our lives to pay attention, on purpose, and without judgement (practicing mindfulness), we can actually change our brains in ways that reduce stress and replace our tendency toward worry, stress, fear, anger, depression, and anxiety with flexibility, calm, self-regulation, informed decision-making, peace, and happiness. This workshop introduces participants to the science of mindfulness, specifically exploring ways in which mindfulness can support library work. To get the most benefit, participants should plan to dedicate a minimum of 5-10 minutes per day engaging in the various mindfulness practices presented in the workshop.
For a basic introduction to mindfulness, and to get a sense of Katie's teaching style, you can view an archived version of her May 2018 Infopeople webinar.
Katie Scherrer is a library consultant and training specialist whose work focuses on improving library services to Latino and Spanish-speaking children and families. She is the co-author (along with Jamie Campbell Naidoo) of Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish, available from ALA Editions. Katie has presented many workshops on bilingual storytime and library services to Latino families for librarians and early childhood educators across the country. Katie's Website, Interview with Katie Scherrer
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
You can register in this course through the first week of instruction (as long as enrollment is not full). The "Register" button above goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If you want to pay with Paypal, or if your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to send us a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements.