To Your Health

By Kniffel, Leonard | American Libraries, June-July 2008 | Go to article overview

To Your Health


Kniffel, Leonard, American Libraries


ALA President Loriene Roy has made workplace wellness a major theme of her year at the Association's helm, and in this, the final issue of American Libraries during her presidency, she talks about why the path to good health is logically a crucial issue for professionals in the information business (p. 8).

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Through their work with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (p. 40) and other organizations, Roy and her advisory task force on wellness have tried to make strong connections between the dissemination of health care information at libraries and the urgent need for library staffers to practice what they parlay. In their article "Your Circle of Wellness" (p. 52), Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Henry Stokes remind us that as essential professionals in American education we have our work cut out for us and the best leadership is by example. In another article (p. 56), Elaine Yontz explains how we can all help educate the next generation of librarians by becoming worksite supervisors for fieldwork students.

Ironically, this is the issue in which we must report that yet another school system is trying to solve its fiscal problems by eliminating school libraries. Mesa (Ariz.) Public School District is on the verge of eliminating all 87 of its school library media specialist positions over the next three years and replacing them with support staff (p. 28).

Roughly a third of American high school students drop out, noted Bob Herbert in the April 22 New York Times. Another third graduate unprepared for either work or post-secondary education.

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