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Putting the Self back in Self-Care: Wellness in the time of COVID-19

Class Details

Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building.


Amanda M. Leftwich (she/her/hers) is currently the Online Learning Librarian & Faculty Diversity Fellow at Montgomery County Community College. Leftwich has a Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on utilizing mindfulness and self-care to help navigate microaggressions, prevent burnout, and find community within the library profession. She is the founder of mindfulinlis virtual communities on Instagram and Twitter dedicated to mindfulness in librarianship. She is a co-creator of LibVoices, a podcast that shares stories of librarians of color.

Fobazi M. Ettarh is the Undergraduate Success Librarian at Rutgers Newark. Creator of the concept ‘vocational awe,’ her research is concerned with the relationships and tensions between the espoused values of librarianship and the realities present in the experiences of marginalized librarians and users. She also studies equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries. Her critical work on libraries, labor, and identity has been published in In the Library With the Lead Pipe and edited collections including the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook and Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies (forthcoming 2020). She has given invited talks at numerous professional and scholarly conferences and events, including the Library as Place Symposium, and keynotes at the Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Journal Directors' Summit. Her research has been covered in numerous outlets and she consults in library and corporate contexts on labor, identity and diversity. She is also the creator of the open-access video game Killing Me Softly: A Game About Microaggressions. You can find her on twitter at @Fobettarh.

Eamon Tewell (he/him/his) is Head of Research Support and Outreach for Columbia University’s Science, Engineering, & Social Science Libraries, where he identifies ways to support the research and learning needs of students and faculty. Eamon has published and presented on the topics of critical information literacy, library instruction, critical reference practice, and questioning narratives of grit and resilience in libraries. You can find Eamon on Twitter at @eamontewell.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016).

In addition to her research and writing, Kendrick also offers professional development opportunities and organizational consultations designed to energize employee morale and promote empathetic leadership in North American libraries. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy.

In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Learn more about Kaetrena’s mission and activities.

Jenn Carson, MSLIS, CYT, CCYT is a yoga teacher and positional therapist as well as the director of the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, NB Canada. She is the author of Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages (ALA Editions, 2018) and Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), as well as the creator of www.YogaintheLibrary.com. You can follow her physical literacy adventures at www.jenncarson.com.

Madeleine Charney University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries serves as liaison to the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Regional Planning, and the Sustainable Food & Farming program. As a co-founder of ALA's Sustainability Round Table: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, she is passionate about supporting regenerative food systems and community practices such as World Cafe. She also facilitates labyrinth walks for individual, professional and societal transformation.


Bobbi Newman (she/her/hers) is the Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the Network of the National Library of Medicine, where she helps public libraries meet the health information needs of their communities.

Bobbi currently serves as a member of the Let’s Move in Libraries advisory board, Information Technology Policy (ALA) advisory committee.

​She is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker. Bobbi is the author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day, and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.


Due to high demand, we are accepting up to 750 registrations for this event, but only the first 500 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and we recommend you arrive early. Everyone who registers will receive an email with a link to the recording within two weeks following the webinar.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm
Region/Office: National
Apr 28, 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM CT
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

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