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C&C Series Panel Discussion: Mindfulness in the Academic Library

May 31, 2017

Mindfulness in the Academic Library: Perspectives and Practices

Tuesday, June 13 at 1 pm

Madeleine Charney, Chanelle Pickens and Inga Haugen

Mindfulness allows us to take a step within ourselves after, or during, a hectic day.  Many librarians have personal practices that they integrate into their work day. An increasing number of libraries also offer mindfulness programming and meditation spaces for their patrons and more librarians are integrating techniques into their teaching as well. We invite you to join us for a panel presentation with Chanelle Pickens, Inga Haugen, and Madeleine Charney for a discussion on personal and professional mindfulness practices and academic libraries.


Chanelle Pickens earned a Master’s in Library & Information Science, with an Archives & Records Management focus, from San Jose State University in 2014 and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004. A Visiting Librarian at West Virginia University as part of the Diversity Alliance, she is a member of the Research Services & Instruction unit and currently merging contemplative practices and library instruction through curriculum development. Her personal contemplative practices include yoga and meditation…though she is frequently distracted from both by shiny things. Lifelong learning is also extremely important to Chanelle and she includes data services, open educational resources/open access, and assessment as professional interests.

I​nga Haugen is the library liaison to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech (VT). She received her MIS from the University of Tennessee in 2014. As a new librarian and old farmer, agriculture is a passion. She is a member of USAIN’s Communications Committee, co-chairs VT’s Library Social Committee, and welcomes collaboration and dialogue about land grants, extension (local and global), data management, and anything involving cows.​

A 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Madeleine Charney is a Research Services Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. She co-founded Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, a highly collaborative, campus-wide project that facilitates contemplative experiences in which to explore this global threat. She is also co-founder of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, and serves as Immediate Past Coordinator. Madeleine holds an MLS from University of Rhode Island and an MA in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. She recently completed the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and looks forward to adding even more mindfulness practices into her teaching.

Please follow this link for registering for this program, to be held June 13 (Tuesday) at 1pm, provided to you by PaLA!

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