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Library wellness can cover a wide variety of things from an institutions financial health to the mental health of staff and patrons. Join us as we explore the many things that make a healthy, happy library from staff development to community programs and everything in between.

6/7/2016
When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
9:00 AM
Where: University of Scranton
Brennan Hall, 5th Floor
Scranton, Pennsylvania 
United States
Contact: Martina Soden
570-348-3000 ext. 3040


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Morning Pecha Kucha

                7 minute “lightning talks” that cover an array of topics in a fast paced, but informative manner.

Morning Breakout 1: Bringing Out the FUN in FUNdraising: How to Create Fresh Fundraisers and Amped-Up Annual Campaigns          (Anne Bramblett, MLIS and Michele Legate, MLS)

Librarians are asked to be marketing specialists, technology gurus, social media experts and even (gasp!) fundraisers. With our many roles, asking for donations and organizing creative fundraising events can be overwhelming and intimidating. By introducing you to basic fundraising principles and best practices, Anne and Michele will teach you how to start or re-vamp your Annual Campaign as well as tons of examples of “out of the box” fundraising ideas.

Morning Breakout 2: Unwind Your Mind: Using Activities that Engage Creative Thinking to Quell Final Exam Stress (Kristin E.C. Green)

Walk around any college campus in the last few weeks of the semester, and you will undoubtedly hear “I’m so stressed!”.  As an academic librarian, Kristin seeks to diminish library anxiety and fear of research, especially during finals.  Unwind Your Mind features four different stations of stress relieving activities: coloring, gaming, puzzle solving and knitting. Each activity requires either kinesthetic manipulation, creative thinking or both as these activities have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

Afternoon Breakout 1: Helping Patrons Who Have Alzheimer’s (Jessica Blomain)

The Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program is designed to provide community locations with training to become an even safer environment for those suffering with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Jessica will explain how to better help staff and volunteers understand Alzheimer’s disease and manage the behavioral situations that may result because of this disease.

Afternoon Breakout 2: Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Difficult Employees (Grace Kelly and Rick Miller)

Like most organizations, libraries have HR issues. These are usually difficult subjects and leadership may need help dealing with the situation. Grace Kelly is an expert in the field of human resources and has worked extensively with libraries to provide tips and techniques for dealing with difficult employees while focusing on the overall well-being of the library

Late Afternoon Breakout 1: Using Volunteers for Staff Positions (Krista Pegnetter)

In times of decreasing budgets, payroll is usually the largest expense, and can become harder and harder to fulfill. Krista details her library’s experience using volunteers to fill circulation, technical services and cataloging positions for many years allowing them to stay open and maintain quality library services.  She explains the pros and cons and shares her experience using volunteers for staff positions.

Late Afternoon Breakout 2: The Garden Project: Impacting the Community (Susan Jeffrey)

In 2015, the North Pocono Public Library embarked on a community project to build a garden that would promote intergenerational programing, educate children, and benefit the less fortunate of the community through food donations.  Susan shares her experience with this award winning project that not only fosters community engagement and wellness, but also civic pride.

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