Title: Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance
Author: Michael Stephens
Paperback: 978-0838919064, $49.99
Imprint: Chicago: ALA, 2019
“Of his earlier book, Against the Grain raved, “Reading this book brings a sense of hope, inspiration, and excitement for what the future holds for the new generation of hyperlinked librarians entering our profession.” Now Stephens is back with a newly curated collection of succinct writings that will refresh your view of the profession and invigorate your work. Associate Professor at San Jose State University, Stephens encourages curiosity and creativity in his students and all library workers by connecting trends from outside the profession to its bedrock values. With a humanist lens, he reflects on such topics as
- how libraries can empower kindness;
- developing a coterie of kindred spirits at conferences outside libraryland;
- inspiring creativity in library patrons;
- the most effective professional development experiences;
- comfort, joy, and hygge in the library;
- the characteristics of compassionate leadership;
- how to contend with a devil’s advocate; and
- mentoring new librarians.
Whether you’ve just landed your first job or a longtime professional, Stephens’ perspective will reenergize your commitment to librarianship and the important work that libraries are doing every day.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.