Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Avoiding Burnout and Renewing Your Teaching Self with Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, and Gratitude

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Given the complex dynamics of our work and the need to perform emotional labor in our interactions with students and faculty, instruction librarians are particularly prone to burnout, defined as feelings of exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of self-efficacy. This is only exacerbated by vocational awe, our neoliberal achievement culture that constantly sends the message that we are not enough (or doing enough), and work environments in which teaching librarians are not supported. Burnout is a systemic issue, not an individual one, but practicing care towards ourselves and others and changing the way we view our work can help us protect ourselves from becoming burnt out. Drawing on the work of organizational psychologists, meditation teachers, voices from our own profession, and the experiences of the presenter, this session will explore ways to utilize self-compassion, mindfulness, self-reflection, and the practice of gratitude towards others to support our well-being, rekindle our passion for teaching, and help us to self-advocate. Attendees will come away with concrete ideas for self-care, boundary-setting, and mindfulness techniques they can use in their work.

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Meredith Farkas

Faculty Librarian, Portland Community College Library
Meredith Farkas (she/her) is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College in Oregon. She is the author of the “In Practice” column for American Libraries and the author of the blog Information Wants to be Free. Meredith was honored in 2009 with the LITA/Library Hi Tech award... Read More →

Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
HUB 332 (Seats 120)

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