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Steve Hargadon: Library 2.0 “Mental Health and Wellness” Mini-Conference

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Steve Hargadon: Library 2.0 “Mental Health and Wellness” Mini-Conference

Our Library 2.023 mini-conference, “Mental Health and Wellness: Library Workers Thriving in Uncertain Times,” will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Time.

We have finalized the 18 concurrent presentations for the conference, and they are listed below. It’s a great set of presentations! The free registration link to attend the virtual conference is also below, as are the details on the keynote panelists. The final schedule for the conference, with links to each session, will be emailed next week. 


Libraries have the power to help transform lives, both for staff and patrons, through efforts that promote mental health and wellness. In this Library 2.0 mini-conference, we will focus specifically on helping library workers thrive in our current uncertain and complex times. We will also explore the “opportunity to reimagine our futures, to renew and adapt our institutions and to craft new stories about who we are and what we value” (United Nations’ Human Development Report 2021/2022).

Our special conference chair is Loida Garcia-Febo who, as past president of the American Library Association, focused on workplace wellness areas including continuing education, creating a positive work environment, unions, gender equity, pay equity, and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of library professionals. 

We look forward to gathering online with you for this event! Participants are encouraged to use #library2023 and #librarymentalhealthandwellness on their social media posts about the event.

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 this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing keynote. 


Loida Garcia-Febo (@loidagarciafebo)
International Library Consultant

Loida Garcia-Febo is a Puerto Rican American librarian and International Library Consultant with 24 years of experience as an expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights. President of the American Library Association 2018-2019. Garcia-Febo is worldwide known for her passion about diversity, communities, sustainability, innovation and digital transformation, library workers, library advocacy, wellness for library workers, and new librarians about which she has taught in 44 countries. In her job, she helps libraries, companies and organizations strategize programs, services and strategies in areas related to these topics and many others. Garcia-Febo has a Bachelors in Business Education, Masters in Library and Information Sciences.

Garcia-Febo has a long history of service with library associations. Highlights include- At IFLA: Governing Board 2013-2017, Co-Founder of IFLA New Professionals, two-term Member/Expert resource person of the Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee of IFLA (FAIFE), two-term member of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section of IFLA (CPDWL). Currently: CPDWL Advisor, Information Coordinator of the Management of Library Associations Section. Currently at ALA: Chair, IRC United Nations Subcommittee, Chair Public Awareness Committee. Recently at ALA: Chair, Status of Women in Librarianship and Chair, ALA United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force developing a multi-year strategic plan for ALA. Born, raised, and educated in Puerto Rico, Garcia-Febo has advocated for libraries at the United Nations, the European Union Parliament, U.S. Congress, NY State Senate, NY City Hall, and on sidewalks and streets in various states in the U.S.


Shauntee Burns-Simpson (@shaunteebs)
Associate Director, Center for Educators and Schools at the New York Public Library

Mrs. Shauntee Burns-Simpson currently serves as the 2020-2022 president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). She is the associate director of School Support & Outreach for the New York Public Library. An ambassador for libraries and youth librarian, Mrs. Simpson enjoys connecting people to the public library and its resources. She works closely with at-risk teens and fosters a love of reading and learning with her innovative programs. In addition to leading BCALA, she chaired ALA’s Committee on Diversity of the American Library Association.

Georgia Coleman
Chief Operating Officer, Richland Library

A leader in the use of human-centered design in public libraries, Georgia Coleman is a champion for library services that enhance community connectedness and quality of life. She serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the award-winning Richland Library in Columbia, SC, where she is responsible for customer experience, collections, programs, facilities, technology, and strategic planning.


Millie Gonzalez (@whittemorlib)
Library Dean, Henry Whittemore Library, Framingham State University

Millie Gonzalez is the Library Dean for the Henry Whittemore Library. She also served as the university’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer for two years. Ms. Gonzalez has successfully authored grants related to diversity and inclusion and open education from the National Endowment for the Humanities: “The Big Read with featuring the Poetry of Joy Harjo”, “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys;” from the American Library Association: “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History”; from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners LSTA grant: “Serving People with Disabilities”; and coauthored a grant from the Department of Education: “Remixing Open Textbooks through an Equity Lens.” Additionally, Ms. Gonzalez received funding for a wellness/meditation room in the library, Rams Renew Space.

She is also a former president of REFORMA Northeast, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Gonzalez holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College, and an MBA and MLS from Simmons College.

Dijana Machala
Assistant Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb

Dr Dijana Machala (she/her) is Assistant Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia. She is immediate Past President of the Croatian Library Association. She is a member of the Croatian Library Association Ethical Board. She currently serves as a standing committee member on IFLA’s Section on Management of Library Associations (MLAS), and she previously served as a standing committee member of IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL). She holds both MLIS and PhD in information science from the University of Zagreb. She published more than 30 research papers and two books.


  • Aqui Seguimos: Understanding Family Dynamic, Self-Advocacy, Achieving Work/Life Balance: Margarita Shawcross, Teaching & Outreach Librarian, University of Northern Colorado | Paloma Barraza, University of Northern Colorado | Sara Flores, North Range Behavioral Health (Link to details)
  • Brief mindfulness exercise with tea to address occupational burnout: Erik Fausak, Student Services Librarian (Health Sciences with a Veterinary focus), University of California, Davis | Zoe Peralta Page, Gabrielle Tirsell, Denise Dempsey (may not be present for presentation, but co-authors) (Link to details)
  • Calling all Volunteers!: Service and learning for library professionals.: Tiffany Coulson: Branch Librarian, NCW Libraries (Link to details)
  • Confessions of a Chronic Problem-Solver: Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission (Link to details)
  • Empathically Managing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Dr. Abigail L. Phillips. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies (Link to details)
  • Feeling the Burn(out): The Academic Library and Burnout: Victoria James, Liaison Librarian, Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries | Fiona Kovacaj, Web Librarian (Link to details)
  • Gardening as a coping mechanism for Filipino librarians and library staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and their physical, mental, and emotional health status, anxiety, and ways of coping: Mary June C. Bayog (student)1, Jewel Ann D. Merbal (student)1, Stephen B. Alayon (Associate Professor)1, Manuela R. Losañes1,2, Analiza C. Rosales3 — 1College of Information and Communications Technology, West Visayas State University, Philippines, 2University Learning Resource Center, West Visayas State University, Philippines 3West Visayas State University, Pototan Campus, Philippines (Link to details)
  • Making Wellness: How Makerspaces Can Support Staff and Prevent Burnout: Lori Chapin, Manager of Innovative Spaces, Miami University | Sarah Nagle, Creation and Innovation Librarian (Link to details)
  • Mindful Libraries: Supporting Young People with Books, Research, and Activities: Wendy Stephens, Associate Professor and School Library Chair, Jacksonville State University | Megan Emery, The Healing Library | Abigail Phillips, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Link to details)
  • Misalignment of Personal and Professional Values Cause Burnout: Kelly Nielsen, Manager- Public Services, Brantford Public Library (Link to details)
  • Passive Programming: Grab and Go Mindfulness Bags: Abby Davis — reference, adult services, and programming librarian, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Link to details)
  • Policies and Self-Care: Discussions with a Mental Health First Aid Instructor: Taylor Atkinson, Executive Director, Union County Library System (Link to details)
  • Shifting the Pace: Pausing to Practice Self-Care at Work: Lisa Meléndez, Professor, Library Services, Suffolk County Community College (Link to details)
  • Start Your Journey from Fatigue to Flourishing: Jenny Kobiela-Mondor, Library Strategist, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (Link to details)
  • Starting a staff mental health group : Lessons learned at Alameda County Public Library: Rachel Sher, Library Manager II, Alameda County Library | Blaine Wentworth (Link to details)
  • The Importance of Mental Health and Wellness for All Library Workers: Alma Ortega, PhD, Liaison Librarian for Peace Studies. University of San Diego (Link to details)
  • You’re Overdue for Self-Care: Laurinda Tapper, Public Relations Coordinator (and former mental health provider), Rapid City Public Library (Link to details)


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 this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 


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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