It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the third Conference About Libraries & Learning (C.A.L.L.). The conference is a collaboration between UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse & La Crosse Public Library and will take place on the UW-La Crosse campus on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Librarians from all types of libraries (school, public, academic, special, etc.) are welcome to attend.
Service runs through a librarian’s work day. We know it from day one going in to the field. We expect to be tired at the end of a day, week, program, or semester. Patrons, students, community members or administration turn to us for answers, help, expertise, reassurance, and a friendly smile.
So let’s talk about burnout. What do we do when we have barely anything left to give, when we’re at the end of the rope, when we feel emotionally drawn and the tanks of compassion are running on empty? Is there any space in our work lives to recognize that sometimes we feel unprepared for the realities of managing and regulating the requirements of emotional labor of librarianship? Let’s talk about it.
For this year’s C.A.L.L. conference, we are going to explore ideas and techniques, both urgent on-the-spot, and intentional techniques to cultivate when time allows.
We are excited to invite presenters on the following topics of interest that may include, but are not limited to:
- Techniques to combat compassion fatigue in the workplace
- How to emotionally support one another professionally
- Techniques to de-escalate emotionally charged interactions: librarian to patron and colleague to colleague
- Workplace practices to nurture self-care
To submit a conference proposal, please use the submission form. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, September 17, 2018. The committee invites proposals that address current challenges faced by professionals in the field and are solution-oriented as well as stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement. Presentation sessions are 30 minutes each with 15 minutes scheduled for questions/discussion. Collaborative and interactive presentations are encouraged and panel presentations are also accepted. Notification of acceptance will be prior to Monday, October 15, 2018.
If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Liz Humrickhouse at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the Conference About Libraries and Learning!
Cindy Halter, School District of La Crosse
Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Liz Humrickhouse, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library