Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of mindfulness and discover the multitude of ways that mindful practice can improve the specific work we do as librarians, from reference services to workplace relationships to goal-setting and much more. Two separate studies will be shared that explore stressors and challenges faced by librarians today, which in turn serve as the biggest hurdles in maintaining a mindful approach. Data will be shared on librarians’ awareness and practice of mindfulness. Ideas for dealing with stress and burnout will be discussed and participants will receive multiple suggestions and resources to gain deeper knowledge on the topic in the future.
Dr. Richard J. Moniz Jr. - MA (History), MLIS, EdD served as Director of Library Services for Johnson & Wales University’s Miami campus from 1997-2004 and currently serves in that capacity at the Charlotte campus since 2004. Richard is also an adjunct professor in the Library and Information Studies graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Mrs. Lisa S. Moniz – MLIS is the district Library Media Services Coordinator for Union County (N.C.) Public Schools. She is celebrating her 22nd year as a school librarian, having worked with students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade in both public and independent schools. In addition to a teaching license, she holds a N.C. Public Library Certification, enabling her to work in all realms of library services for children. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Appalachian State University.
Richard and Lisa, along with three other colleagues, are co-authors of The Mindful Librarian (Elsevier, 2016). Both Richard and Lisa have been practicing mindfulness for several years and frequently speak on the topic at library events, most recently at the New England Library Association conference in Vermont. Richard also teaches online courses on the topic for the American Library Association.
Sheppard Memorial Library
530 Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858
*Lunch will not be served at this event.