Together in Isolation: Taking Care of Ourselves

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To show our support to the library community at this time, the Education Institute has offered 4 free webinars for Ontario Library Association and Partnership members and at a subsidized cost to non-members.

These sessions are meant to build connection and information-sharing as libraries begin to consider what comes next as they navigate this rapidly changing landscape.  

As a non-profit and a charity, we are launching a pay-what-you-can fee structure for our upcoming webinars to help recuperate our operational cost. We will continue to program webinar content that will support you through this challenging time. Please visit the Library Marketplace’s website to register for our upcoming webinars.

This session will aired on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Purchase it to receive access to the recording for 1 year from that date.

About this Session:

As a library and information professional, you use empathy daily to consider the experiences of colleagues, patrons, and students. This level of care may be exacerbated during the pandemic and can result in compassion fatigue or burnout that may impact your mental health. 

This is why self-care, the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, particularly during times of stress, is important. Whether you are working from home, redeployed, or not currently working, join Emily Burns to learn some self-care practices that can benefit you during these challenging times. 

*Please note that the content presented in this webinar is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

In this session, participants will learn: 

  • Ideas for self-care in both personal and work contexts
  • Reflective prompts and affirmations for challenging times
  • Tips for dealing with difficult emotions

About the Presenter:

Emily Burns is the Education & Conference Manager at the Ontario Library Association, and has been working in training and education in libraries since 2012. Working in digital resources, she learned early that the biggest barrier to learning digital skills is often fear, and is passionate about finding ways to reduce fear and shame in the training and education process. She has presented to public and staff audiences on apps for mental health, self-care, and resilience. When not thinking about libraries, she loves to read, bake chocolate chip cookies, and write snail mail. 

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