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Mindful Librarianship Poster Presentation

Poster accepted for presentation at the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals Umbrella 2011 Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 2011.

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Mindful Librarianship

Mindfulness means:

"...paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally." --Kabat-Zinn (4)

 Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

Observations and quotes that clarify the utility of mindfulness in the practice of librarianship:

  • Mindfulness is about listening and awareness, which are both key to providing effective reference services/assistance to library users.
  • When we are focused on the present, unencumbered by assumptions, judgments, thoughts of past or future, we can better honor and fulfill the needs of our patrons (students and faculty in the academic setting).. 
  • Louise Toot observes, in her article "Zen and the Art of Dealing with the Difficult Patron" (224) that "helping patrons mindfully means that not only are we open to any patron that comes to us, we are focused completely on him or her.  Our mind is fully concentrated on the patron and nothing except the patron, as if the patron has become our whole world for the time being." 

How does the use of LibGuides advance our practice of mindful librarianship?

LibGuides is a library content management system which enables librarians to create and manage content to meet the needs of library users and researchers in the present moment.  Ease of use and robust, user-friendly features promote the following positive attributes/behaviors/practices: focused attention, simplicity, presence, trust, and generosity.  See the poster at left to learn more, or explore these resources:

Libguides by Jenny Innes and at WCSU Libraries

ACRL EBSS Section Virtual Discussion: "Using LibGuides for Instruction and Research Assistance" (Facilitated by J. Innes)

Mindful Librarianship: Articles


Toot, Louisa. "Zen and the Art of Dealing with the Difficult Patron." The Reference Librarian 75/76 (2002): 217-233. Print.

Vidmar, Dale. "Intentional Reference: A Mindful Approach to Fielding Questions Beyond the Desk." Oregon Library Association 16.2 (Summer 2010): 30-33.

Mindful Librarianship: Web Resources

The Buddhist Concept of Mindfulness & Mindfulness Practice

The Practice of Mindfulness in other Professions: Resources

Chen, Pauline W. "How mindfulness can make for better doctors." The New York Times (15 Oct. 2009): NA(L). Print.

Sibinga, Erica M. and Albert W. Wu.  "Clinician Mindfulness and Patient Safety." JAMA 304.22 (8 December 2010): 2532-2533. Print.

Krasner, Michael S., et al. "Association of an Educational Program in Mindful Communication with Burnout, Empathy, and Attitudes Among Primary Care Physicians." JAMA 302.12 (23/30 September 2009): 1284-1293. Print.

Sanders, Kathy M. "Mindfulness and Psychotherapy." FOCUS 8.1 (Winter 2010): 19-24. Print.

Turner, Kielty. "Mindfulness: The Present Moment in Clinical Social Work." Journal of Clinical Social Work 37 (2009): 95-103. Print.

Related and Relevant: Books and Articles

Bishop, Scott R., et al. "Mindfulness: A Proposed Operational Definition." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 11.3: 230-241.

Brady, Richard. "Realizing True Education with Mindfulness." Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge 6.3 (Summer 2008): 87-98.

Contact information

Jennifer O'Brien
Serials and Gov Docs Department

3d floor, Haas Library


Mindfulness: Image

Mindfulness in Education

Bush, Mirabai. "Mindfulness in Higher Education." Contemporary Buddhism 12.01: 183-197.

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