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Beyond Resilience: Crafting a Caring Organization

Additional resources related to the 2018 ACRL President's Program.

2018 ACRL President's Program Description

The ability to "bounce back" from crises, often known as resilience, is increasingly considered an essential skill in many different fields. A well-attended program at the ACRL 2017 Conference challenged academic librarians to think critically about how the term is used to shift responsibility for success and survival to individuals, while silencing conversations about structural inequalities. For some, this sparked overdue conversations and provided an opportunity to talk about something they had long understood. For others, it introduced a new way of understanding the term and how workplace resilience can have negative effects. For many, this led to another question: if asking employees to "be resilient" isn't enough, what can we do instead — as individuals or as organizations — to create caring and healthy workplaces in our libraries?

In this program, panelists will share stories describing how they have dealt with major change and challenges, and discuss how each of us can take steps to shape responsive and caring organizations.

Purpose of this guide

Cheryl Middleton, ACRL 2018 President, is passionate about putting together an Annual Program that is highly relevant and leaves attendees feeling empowered. As part of that, the committee wanted to extend the content provided through the program's panel discussion into a online guide with additional information. This guide provides additional information on our fantastic panelists, as well as a selection of resources to read and consult.