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Special Interest Group Archive: Library Support Staff 01/09/2018

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

Library Support Staff SIG January 9, 2018

The LSS group held it's third gathering from 9:30am - 12:30pm at SENYLRC. The meeting was facilitated by Amy K. Smith, Program Coordinator at Red Hook Public Library, and concentrated on self-care and avoiding burnout.

Discussion topics - 9:30-11am

Discussion began with introductions and an ice breaker which asked the question, "What is the favorite, and least favorite thing about your job?"


First session

Ideas were shared regarding dealing with repetition and often competing demands on our attention. Suggested strategies included using a set routine, mental and physical checklists, and tools such as

Other topics of discussion and problem-solving included:

A need for communication, understanding, and respect in the workplace.

The advantages of cross-training and barriers to it.

Pathways for LSS to propose ideas for programming and efficient operation of the library.

Available inexpensive or free trainings and certificate programs. 

Second session

Concentration on work-life balance. How much of yourself can you give at work and still have something left at home?

Participants paired off with someone they didn't know to talk about how they strike a balance b/w work and home life, then shared in a larger roundtable discussion.

Some helpful ideas included separating emotion from fact, being aware of what does and does not affect job performance, not "being" your job, using a sense of humor, and relying on harassment and bullying policies of the institution.

Ideas for affecting positive change in the workplace were shared.




Next Meeting

The LSS SIG will meet next on Tuesday June 5th from 9:30am-12:30 pm. The location is TBA.


Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065