Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Announcing Our First Library 2.020 Mini-Conference: "Wholehearted Libraries"

We're excited to announce our first Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Wholehearted Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Standard Time (click for your own time zone).

We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as open-mindedness, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Services steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved. Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude.

This mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. We will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance. Sessions will focus on how we can nurture a positive mindset in our employees, use the power of stories to promote understanding, and extend our reach into our global communities. Soft skills are heart skills.

This event is being organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open at https://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #wholeheartedlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


Michael Stephens
Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University

Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. ALA Editions has published two collections of his writings: The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change (2016) and Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance (2019). Michael resides in Traverse City, Michigan.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

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