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Well-Being Collection

The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship (Chandos Information Professional) by [Richard Moniz, Joe Eshleman, Jo Henry, Howard Slutzky, Lisa Moniz]

The mindful librarian : connecting the practice of mindfulness to librarianship 

The authors hope to be helpful in some small way towards improving the joy and quality of life that librarians and library science students experience in their personal lives and jobs. The loftier goal would be to create a new lens from which to view librarianship, having a transformative impact on readers, and opening a new dialog within the profession.

Moniz, R. (2017) Available online

The mindfulness bible : the complete guide to living in the moment 

The Mindfulness Bible teaches you how to switch off the stress button and live without unnecessary fear or anxiety. It demonstrates that problems relating to depression, addiction, procrastination and low mood can be overcome through the use of mindfulness techniques and cites key case study examples. 

Collard, P. (2015)  158.12 COL

Using Positive Psychology Every Day: Learning How to Flourish

Using Positive Psychology Every Day: Learning How to Flourish

We are all looking to flourish, to experience joy, feel engaged with the world, and experience meaningful lives. But the stresses and strains of our daily lives makes this a challenge. Using Positive Psychology Every Day: Learning How to Flourish is about (re)finding the art of living, enabling you to flourish.

Monique Hulsbergen & Ernst Bohlmeijer (2018) Available online

Wherever You Go There You are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in everyday life 

When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. I

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005) Popular Reading BIB

A Beginner's Guide To Mindfulness: Live In The Moment

A beginner’s guide to mindfulness live in the moment 

While the concept of living in the moment seems simple, the reality is often entirely different as our minds chatter and fret and rarely stand still. Fortunately, Ernst Bohlmeijer and Monique Hulsbergen have written a clear and reassuring guide to mindfulness and ACT, with illuminating exercises and a wealth of information about how our minds work.

Bohlmeijer, E. & Hulsbergen, M. (2013) Available online

Mindset : the new psychology of success 

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset.

Dweck, C. S. (2006) 153.8 DWE

The small guide to anxiety

From New York Times bestselling author and expert on neuroscience and human behavior, The Small Guide to Anxiety Disorders provides a comprehensive overview of anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias -- along with the latest treatment solutions from conventional and alternative therapies to new scientific discoveries and interventions.

Small, G. & Vorgan, G. (2020) 616.8522 SMA

When panic attacks

The truth is that you can defeat your fears. With more than forty simple, effective techniques, you'll learn how to overcome every conceivable kind of anxiety without medication. 

Tubridy, A. (2007) 616.85223 TUB

Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Panic

This book uses the proven and trusted five areas model of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help people experiencing a range of symptoms associated with these conditions.

Williams, C. (2012)  Popular Reading BIB

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry

How to stop worrying and start living

Through Dale Carnegie's seven-million-copy best seller (recently revised) millions of people have been helped to overcome the worry habit. Dale Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas you can put to work today, formulas that will last a lifetime!

Carnegie, D. (1962) ARC 131.3 CAR

Note: The library's version is old but the latest edition is available on Kindle for 16p

How to stop worrying

Worry is a natural warning. Its your brains way of saying that something is wrong and needs to be dealt with. But sometime things get out of hand and worrying starts to enjoy your enjoyment of life and even to affect your health. In this easy to read manual, Dr Frank Tallis explains how to understand your fears and how to control your worry and make it work for you in a positive way. 

 Tallis, F. (2009) Popular Reading BIB

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD)

The mindful way through depression

If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all.

Williams, J. M. G. (2007)  Popular Reading BIB

Mindful Compassion: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Transform our Lives by [Paul Gilbert, Choden]

Mindful compassion : using the power of mindfulness and compassion to transform our lives

In this ground-breaking new book, Professor Gilbert, along with his co-author Choden, combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of wellbeing. 

Gilbert, P. & Choden (2016) Popular Reading GIL

Penguin Sleep Tales

Penguin Sleep Tales. Ten stories to help you relax at night and encourage better sleep

Read by Sally Scott

Brought to you by Penguin.

Not available in the library but is on Amazon. 




Are librarians and libraries relevant in the 21st century? This is a fundamental question and one that presents differing opinions across the many diverse information sectors. If there is a continuing need for libraries and for librarians, then how do library leaders obtain strategic support when there appears to be a lack of clarity or understanding about the very purpose of libraries at a time when economically, libraries are under pressure to develop new business models and be more commercially focused?

Bold Minds: Library Leadership in a Time of Disruption brings together international leaders who frame many aspects of the current library provision and who carry responsibility for the library models of the future to consider how librarians and libraries can be a driving force in a time of disruptive economic, technological, and cultural change.

Women in Top management: Role Models from around the Globe share their Paths to success

Ask 110 top female executives from five nations to reflect on their careers and leadership as part of an international scientific study and you will uncover a set of recommendations for women who want to become and remain international business leaders. There is also invaluable advice for corporate managers wanting to recruit skilled women into executive positions.

Be a Great Boss by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

ISBN: 0838910688

Publication Date: 2010

Moving into a library management position can feel like a daunting and solitary pursuit. Graduate courses in management are expensive and hard to find. To help library managers improve their skills and acumen, renowned speaker and trainer Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-study guide to the dynamic role of being a boss. Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook covers major management topics such as success with stakeholders, staffing, customer service, planning, funding, leadership, and more. Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of being a great boss.

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

ISBN: 1250103509

Publication Date: 2017

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. When you become a manager, it's your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she worked with a team to develop a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it's obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it's ruinous empathy. When you do neither it's manipulative insincerity. This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you're all proud of. Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author's experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

Making a Difference by Peter Hernon; Nancy Rossiter

ISBN: 1591582911

Publication Date: 2006

Leadership is separate from, but integral to, management; and library directors today and for the foreseeable future can be expected to play an institutional role as they lead the library to contribute towards the mission of their college and university. Similarly, new courses in library leadership now accompany more traditional ones on managing organizations and information resources. However, much of the literature on LIS leadership represents a distilled application of principles and practices borrowed from other disciplines, with few reports of research from the library field. Conceived as a companion to The Next Library Leadership (Libraries Unlimited, 2003), Making a Difference includes not only a discussion of effective attributes, but of issues central to the development of leadership qualities, strategies, and dispositions. Essential reading for anyone interested in advancing the quality of leadership within LIS, particularly academic librarians in or aspiring to positions of managerial leadership.


Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter; Holger Rathgeber

ISBN: 039956391

Publication Date: 2016

Leading Change by John P. Kotter

ISBN: 1422186431
Publication Date: 2012
Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life   Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson 
ISBN: 0743582853
Publication Date: 2009-01-06

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