[Libs-Or] Join Us March 10 for Two Free and Online Sessions Covering Mindfulness and Soft Skills

nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu
Thu Mar 5 12:12:08 PST 2020

Next Tuesday, March 10, is going to be a busy day for learning. The San Jose
State University School of Information presents two online events you won't
want to miss! The first is a webinar on mindfulness as part of the Diversity
Webinar Series
free-sessions-diverse-topics-diverse-speakers> . Immediately following the
webinar, the Library 2.020 web conference
<https://ischool.sjsu.edu/library-20-virtual-conferences>  kicks off a
three-hour discussion on the topic of Wholehearted Libraries: Soft Skills
for 21st Century Information Professionals. Both sessions are free to attend
and will be recorded.


What is Mindfulness, Anyway? [Diversity Webinar Series]

Everyone's talking about it as a way to de-stress, be more productive, and
improve mental health. It's now a billion-dollar business that includes
corporate trainings, apps, products, and online courses. but what actually
is mindfulness, anyway? This webinar will examine the recent popularity of
mindfulness in Western society, as well as its history and tradition as a
Buddhist spiritual practice. What parts of mindfulness have been embraced
and adopted by our culture, and which portions have been ignored? What do
its proponents rave about, and what do its critics argue? Is mindfulness a
cultural movement, or is it a fad? Is it a spiritual endeavor, or an
intellectual one? Is it political or apolitical, activist or apathetic? Is
it an example of globalization, or is it cultural appropriation? These are
some of the questions that will arise during the exploration of this topic.
You'll come away with a greater understanding of mindfulness, be able to
detangle the ongoing conversations surrounding it, and perhaps develop a
curiosity to learn more!


Individuals requiring real-time captioning/closed captions or other
accommodations should contact Sue Alman
<https://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/email/email.php?fname=Sue&lname=Alman>  as
soon as possible.


*	Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
*	Time: 11 a.m. Pacific Time
*	Location: Online via Zoom
*	Session Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/745600971


Wholehearted Libraries: Soft Skills for 21st Century Information
Professionals [Library 2.020 Worldwide Virtual Conference] 

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


This one-day 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.


*	Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
*	Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time
*	Location: Online
*	Register in Advance:



Nicole Purviance
Director of Marketing and Communications
School of Information
San Jose State University
 <mailto:nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu> nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu
 <https://ischool.sjsu.edu/> https://ischool.sjsu.edu


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