The Mindful Librarian
Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of mindfulness and how a mindfulness-based approach can improve the specific work we do as librarians. Two separate studies will be shared exploring the basic stressors and challenges facedby librarians, which in turn serve as the biggest hurdles in maintaining a mindful approach. Data will also be shared regarding the awareness and practice of librarians regarding mindfulness as it currently stands. Lastly, participants will receive multiple suggestions as to how to become more engaged in the topic moving forward.
Richard Moniz, MA (History), MLIS, EdD served as Director of Library Services for Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus from 1997 – 2004 and has been the Director of Library Services at Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus since 2004. He has taught undergraduate classes such as Introduction to Computer Science, Microcomputer Applications, World History from 1500 to Present, U.S. History to 1877 and American Government. Additionally, since 2006, he has served as an adjunct instructor for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Moniz has published in numerous periodicals such as College & Undergraduate Libraries, North Carolina Libraries, Library Journal, College & Research Libraries News and Library Leadership & Management. He is sole author of the textbook Practical and Effective Management of Libraries (2010), co-author of Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison (2014), co-author and co-editor of The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience (2014), co-author of The Mindful Librarian (2016), co-author of Librarians and Instructional Designers: Innovation and Collaboration (2016), and co-author of the forthcoming book through ALA entitled The Dysfunctional Library: Challenges and Solutions to Workplace Relationships (expected 2017). He also has a contributed chapter in Mid-Career Library & Information Professionals: A Leadership Primer (2011) and in Advances in Library Administration and Organization (2015 edition). He is actively engaged in the profession, most recently through facilitating and co-facilitating several workshops, talks, and keynote addresses associated with mindful librarianship. He has held a number of committee and board responsibilities within ALA LLAMA, ACRL CLS, and Metrolina Library Association and is always interested in learning from others in the field.