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Mindfulness and Self-care: Library Resources to Support Students and Faculty

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Traci Chun  
Ashley Cooksey  
Lynn Kleinmeyer  

Self-care is extremely important for students and teachers to be their best selves. But how can we ensure that our school libraries foster mindfulness, self-care and inclusion? Join us to discuss mindfulness, self-care and inclusion for your learners, your school library facility and your collection.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to identify the need for self-care implementation in their school library. They will leave with resources to implement self-care stations, collection evaluation, curate self-care and mindfulness resources for students and educators, and build a custom collection of self-care and mindful resources in their school library. Participants will also be able to identify areas of their school library and digital spaces that may need redesigned in order to meet the needs of their learners, especially those with physical stimuli sensitivities, mental disorders (including anxiety and depression), and special needs.


Introduction-5 minutes
Self-care & mindfulness: what is it?-5 minutes
Self-care in the library (resources)-10 minutes
Self-care activities-5 minutes
Mindful space design-10minutes
Space evaluation-5 minutes
Resource curation-10 minutes
Crowd-sourced curation-5 minutes

Supporting research
The Space: a guide for educators by Rebecca Louise Hare and R. Robert Dillon

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Traci Chun, Skyview High School
Ashley Cooksey, Arkansas Tech University

Ashley Cooksey(she/her/hers) is the Director of the Technology Learning Center and an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Arkansas. She is also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Ashley is a member of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media and is chair of its leadership development and public relations committees. She was awarded the Pat McDonald Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from AAIM in 2019 and the Technology Leader of the Year Award in 2021. Ashley was named an AASL Social Media Superstar, Advocacy Ambassador, in 2018. She is an ISTE-U Future Ready Librarianship course leader.

Lynn Kleinmeyer, Grant Wood AEA

Lynn Kleinmeyer has worked as a Digital Learning Consultant for Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, IA, for the past 5 years. Prior to joining the Digital Learning Team, Lynn worked for 3 years as a Teacher Librarian for kindergarten-5th graders and prior to that taught 7th grade Reading for 13 years. Lynn is dedicated to supporting the integration of technology and information literacy skills in every classroom.

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