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BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness, free virtual symposium

Posted by on March 2nd, 2021 Posted in: Conferences and Meetings
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BLOSSOM Announcement Details

The GMR is proud to offer a free virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness.
BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness, free virtual symposium
BLOSSOM Announcement Details

This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care in libraries. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students.

March 24, 25, 26, 2021


Abigail Phillips, Amanda Leftwich, Amy Tureen, Callan Bignoli, Eamon Tewell, Eileen Ybarra, Fobazi Ettarh, Janet Damon, Jenn Carson, JJ Pionke, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Max Bowman, Nikhat Ghouse, Nisha Mody, Tasha Nins, Twanna Hodge, Wendy Peters, and more!

  • To provide educational and inspirational speakers so that the members may increase their knowledge related to self-care and wellness
  • To provide network members an opportunity to collaborate, share expertise, and recharge their spirit
  • Increase understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and disability among NLM members
  • Provide access to research and resources to improve library staff health and wellness
  • Engage with library members
  • Increase awareness of NNLM, NLM, and NLM products

Why Attend?

  • Re-energize your work by sharing/learning with like-minded individuals
  • Learn practical skills to improve self-care starting immediately
  • Burnout mitigation skills and ideas to take back to your library
  • Decrease sense of isolation amongst library staff
  • Participating in this virtual symposium could help with ideas to provide your own virtual events in the future
  • This event is free
  • The event provides 8 CE credits

Visit this website to register for the symposium and select the presentation, panels, and virtual networking events you want to attend.

For questions or comments regarding the event, including technical issues, please email nnlm-blossom@uiowa.edu(link is external).

Image of the author ABOUT Bobbi Newman
Bobbi's professional background includes work in public libraries. She currently serves as a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) American Library Association (ALA) Advisory Committee. In the past, she has served as an ALA-Councilor-At-Large and on a variety ALA committees. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She divides her time between her dog, reading fantasy and nonfiction, playing video games, and gardening.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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