On the Booklist: Job Stress and the Librarian

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This book, applicable to all types of librarians, includes chapters on a range of topics, including dealing with difficult patrons, burnout, and physical and mental health.

Read the Book: Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals Edited by Carol Smallwood & Linda Burkey Wade (2013)

Librarians as Social Workers

Troubled, angry, forgetful, violent...there are many patrons who call on librarians to use their interpersonal spidey-senses, as well as reader advisory skills.

Librarians serve and interact with the public and must be prepared to encounter difficult situations as best as we can, to the benefit of all parties involved.

This article provides examples of a wide-range of scenarios you might consider for staff preparedness and training, as well food for thought as to what your own individual reaction would be to certain behaviors. Expecting, mentally rehearsing and therefore being able to confidently provide service (or enacting appropriate policies) when the time comes, can go a long way in diffusing and take some of the stress out of these situations you might encounter.

What’s more, by confronting the realities of the day-to-day struggles of “difficult” patrons, you may find opportunities to serve others and impact others in ways beyond literacy and access to information.

Read It:

How can librarians protect themselves against patrons who are troubled or violent?

by Richard Bermack

Urgent, Not-Important, or Somewhere In-between?: Using the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Your Time

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

The Eisenhower Matrix is a brilliant visual tool that forces you to assign every task, event and desire, goal etc. in your work and life into just one of four categories, two of which are almost never necessary (can you guess which two these are?):

URGENT/IMPORTANT 

URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT/NOT URGENT

NOT URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT.

Ike knew what he was talking about! The Matrix is great tool for seeing (often painfully) how much time you spend on what kinds of things, as well as better choosing your priorities for the future.

Try it and let us know what it reveals for you in the comments below!

Read It: The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks and Make Real Progress in Your Life , a great summary and explanation of how to use it from, www.artofmanliness.com.

The Last Article on Procrastination You’ll Ever Need to Read (While Procrastinating)

Tim Urban: Wait But Why Blog Series on Procrastination

This is not your typical list of tips to beat procrastination that you’ll look at and then merrily continue on your journey down the internet procrastination river. This funny, but deeply insightful look at the phenomenon of procrastination is a truly original way to think about and manage it. 

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In his hilarious and insightful talk (before), Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

(Video) “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” Tim Urban TED Talk

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What Motivates Us?

RSA Animates interprets Dan Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This is worth a watch and a ponder: What actually motivates us if not money or recognition and how can we nudge ourselves and our libraries to incorporate more of these “true” motivators?

Read the full transcript here.

Social + Active at Work

It’s true that doing things with other people provides reinforcement for healthy habits. If you’re going for a walk at lunch and also need to talk to your co-worker about a program idea, why not invite them along and do both at once?

This article provides a rich list of ideas for incorporating activity, movement, and exercise into your socializing opportunities, events, meetings, and group activities at work from ACEfitness.org

Read it: “20 Active Ways to be Social at Work”

Blog Posts: News & Stories

This is a place-holder post to use for testing, tags, and categories and to explain our rationale and suggestions for how to use the “blog” section of the site for news and stories. Examples of content below: