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The Role of Intentional Reflective Practice and Mindfulness in Emotional Self-Regulation for Library Administrators

Emotion in the Library Workplace

ISBN: 978-1-78743-084-6, eISBN: 978-1-78743-083-9

ISSN: 0732-0671

Publication date: 8 August 2017

Abstract

Library administration is a balancing act: leading and managing the library and its employees while simultaneously responding to initiatives and demands of institutional leaders and/or trustees. This chapter provides an overview of emotional self-regulation, its importance to library administrators, and the roles that intentional reflective practice and mindfulness play in adaptive emotional self-regulation. There were few articles exploring the impact of intentional reflective practice or mindfulness in libraries, particularly with respect to emotional self-regulation. Much of the reviewed literature was from other disciplines; however, there was much to be applied to library administrators. There are a variety of techniques for intentional reflective practice that library administrators can use to improve emotional self-regulation (as well as improve other aspects of performance). There are fewer techniques to increase mindfulness, though there is stronger evidence of the benefits of mindfulness meditation on emotional self-regulation. This chapter is the first review applying intentional reflective practice and mindfulness on the emotional self-regulation of library administrators.

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Miller, J.M. (2017), "The Role of Intentional Reflective Practice and Mindfulness in Emotional Self-Regulation for Library Administrators", Emotion in the Library Workplace (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Vol. 37), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 203-229. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0732-067120170000037011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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