While it was challenging to work from home for 18 months, many feel returning to work with COVID restrictions still in place to be even more difficult. In this session, we will explore some of the reasons for this such as continued isolation, the loss of workplace traditions and rituals, and grief associated with the loss of colleagues, friends, and family members. We will also try to identify ways to address these issues so as to improve our workplace experience.
If there are particular issues you would like to see addressed in this session, please send them to email@example.com by January 14, 2022.
Please note that we will not be looking at issues surrounding workload in this session.
Joan Schuitema retired recently from Illinois State University where she was Head of Cataloging and Acquisitions. She earned an MAPC from Loyola University and established Epiphany Counseling Center in conjunction with United Church in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where she provided counseling services to low income people living in that area. She is a contributor to The Psychology of Librarianship (Library Juice Press, 2015) and is interested in the intersection of counseling and the changing values in technical services. Joan has 43 years of experience as a technical services librarian.