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Contemplative Pedagogy: Building Resilience in Academic Libraries:
Forthcoming in 2018 (De Gruyter) (2018)
  • Madeleine K. Charney
  • Jenny Colvin, Furman University
This paper addresses the emerging movement of contemplative pedagogy in higher education with an emphasis on academic librarianship. The authors posit how integrating mindfulness-based practices into pedagogy and programming builds resilience in students, creating meaning in an age of climate disruption, information overload and uncertain times. Examples of librarians’ relevant professional development activities are also included. Library spaces offering mindfulness opportunities for students are explored and a contemplative-oriented, campus-wide collaboration centered on climate disruption is featured.  Selected Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda are touched on, demonstrating how contemplative approaches in academic libraries support well-being, justice, community building and concern for the fate of the earth.
  • resilience,
  • transformation,
  • academic libraries,
  • contemplative pedagogy,
  • Sustainable Development Goals
Publication Date
Fall 2018
Citation Information
Madeleine K. Charney and Jenny Colvin. "Contemplative Pedagogy: Building Resilience in Academic Libraries:" Forthcoming in 2018 (De Gruyter) (2018)
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