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An Infopeople Online Learning Course

October 18th, 2022 12:00 PM
November 14th, 2022 4:30 PM
Fee per learner $200.00
Note for CA residents: California Libraries Learn (CALL) is sponsoring free seats for California library staff in this Infopeople course. Please use this form to register for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.


Madeleine CharneyInstructor: Madeleine Charney

  • Are you experiencing burnout (or care about someone who is)
  • Are you seeking to cultivate more meaning, connection and embodiment in your daily life?
  • Would you like to remember to step back and see the big picture when seeking to prioritize workplace and other matters?

Join a cohort of library workers to identify root causes and signs of burnout and explore embodied ways to redirect and re-energize ourselves. You will explore and select practices to manage personal stress and develop your own "go to" set that nourishes, protects, and enlivens. Active listening, empathy, connecting with nature and serving the greater good will guide our way forward in this course.

This course will offer perspective, strategies and camaraderie as you navigate challenges and/or seek greater fulfillment.

NOTE: This course is an expanded version of a previously offered course. We grow and change over time. If you participated in the 2-week version of this course fall 2021, this expanded version is an opportunity to explore new content and deepen your practices.

Course Description: This four-week course will include two interactive online sessions:

  • Thursday 10/20/22 10:00-11:15 PT
  • Thursday 11/3/22 10:00-11:15 PT

Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available for later viewing.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, the instructor will provide a blend of short readings, videos and practices. Using an online forum, you will share insights and ideas with one another with the instructor adding resources and practices to support your journey. By the end, you'll have your own set of "go to" practices that nourish, protect, and enliven.

Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:

  • Week 1: Finding Solid Ground
    • Identify root causes and signs of burnout
    • Learn basic practices to awaken the senses and manage personal stress (e.g. straw breath, dynamic movement)
    • Set up a platform for personalized set of "go to" practices that nourish, protect and enliven
    • Start contributing to a list of resources
  • Week 2: Boosting Our Immunity
    • Experiment with deeper practices
    • Continue to collect, evaluate, and organize a personalized set of "go to" practices that nourish, protect and enliven; recommend to others in the course.
    • Learn about SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound)
  • Week 3: Setting Goals
    • Understand the practice, benefits and accessibility of Empathy Circles
    • Grasp the implications of eco grief
    • Consider the importance of deep listening and when to offer feedback or not
    • Learn about SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound)
  • Week 4: Mindfulness Practices
    • Experience movement and nature/food connection as mindfulness practices
    • Add to your toolkit of "go to" practices
    • Refine your three SMART goals

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 ½ hours per week, for a total of ten course hours. Each week's module contains various options for assignments, discussions, or online meetings. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who works in libraries/archives or volunteers (e.g. trustees, Friends of the Library)

Are you a member of ARSL or do you work in a tribal library? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is five free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified by email.

Tags: mindfulness, stress, burnout, self care