Self and Community-Care Strategies for Library Staff (Colorado staff only)
November 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MSTFree
Session Slides (PDF)
This webinar provides information about workplace stress and strategies for library staff to help manage it as effectively as possible. The focus of the training is on accessible, affordable, and easily implemented strategies for self-care, as well as discussing limits of self-care. Content also includes the concept of “community care,” which emphasizes collective efforts to create psychologically safe, responsive, and protective workplace environments that promote employee well-being, rather than focusing entirely on individual and self-focused strategies for wellness.
This session will be recorded.
About the presenter
Dr. Beth Wahler is a researcher, consultant, trainer, and scholar who studies public library staff and patron needs, trauma-informed librarianship, staff experiences of workplace violence and stress, staff readiness for social services in the library, library-based social work practicum placements, and other types of social work-informed public library interventions and collaborations. She works with libraries of all sizes, from small or rural libraries to urban libraries, as well as both individual and large statewide or regional library organizations to understand staff experiences and challenges, patron needs, and strategies for supporting libraries in the valuable services they provide.