The 360 Librarian: A Framework for Integrating Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and Critical Reflection in the Workplace

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Whether you are just beginning your career or are a seasoned professional, navigating the academic library workplace comes with inherent challenges. You have to understand the official and unofficial mission of the library and the organization of which it is a part, maneuver within the political landscape, mesh with colleagues’ personalities and roles, and learn how to do your job well.

 The 360 Librarian defines a framework for practicing librarianship with critical reflection, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence.   It can help you become more purposeful in your daily interactions with students, faculty, and staff, and create pathways to authentic engagement. An engaged library practice consists of continual give-and-take, careful assessment of yourself and others, and full-circle situational awareness. The 360 framework details five steps:

  1. Mindful Practice
  2. Emotional Awareness
  3. Engaged Communication
  4. Empathetic Reflection and Action
  5. Reassurance

Each step includes practical activities for your mind, body, and spirit to enhance and practice each skill, as well as case studies and practical essays from librarians and educators in universities around the country. The tools in The 360 Librarian can help you acknowledge what is happening in the moment, respond with empathy and compassion, engage in positive practices to engender change, and fully honor your commitment to your students, your colleagues, and to the profession.

Published: 2019

Imprint: ACRL

Pages: 164

Sku: 9780838989357

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