National Academies Reopening Research Universities Virtual Workshop: On July 21, the US National Academies hosted a half-day virtual workshop exploring the issues involved in reopening research universities. I was fortunate to be able to attend most of this, and there were some extremely informative talks.
This company out of Houston is currently supplying masks, gloves, safety glasses, etc. for corona virus protection: https://www.aadominguezco.com / Alberto Dominguez at (713) 258-2510 Or email contact at the form under “contact” on the site.
Mental health resources (copied from UT Austin Libraries HR):
Zoom Fatigue. Teams Exhaustion: Video chats and meetings can be depleting for some, but why?
We’re required to focus more intently to absorb information, and it’s simultaneously easier to lose focus.
Because we can’t rely on other cues, we have to be more engaged and more “on” to show people we’re paying attention.
The only way to show we’re paying attention is to look at the camera, but in in-person interactions we don’t maintain uninterrupted eye contact. It makes people uncomfortable and tired.
We’re distracted by the view of ourselves.
We feel chained to our screens and we’re trying to make these interactions fit the expectations of in-person ones.
So what are some practical things I can do, for myself or for others?
Quit other programs/apps that might distract you while you’re in a meeting.
Schedule meetings for 25 or 50 minutes so there’s a natural break between meetings. (Zoom/Teams forces meetings to be in 30-minute increments, but the meeting that populates in Outlook can be changed.)
Hide your self-view. Zoom instructions here. There’s no option to do this yet in Teams, but a handy stickie note works too.
Give people the option to turn off their camera. Or suggest that only the speaker has their camera on.
Consider a phone call instead.
Mental Health & Well-Being in a Telework Environment
Shine has created a website around coronavirus and mental health. It includes expert advice, resources to take care of yourself, and an eclectic collection of links for taking breaks. Take a look here.
The Center for Workplace Mental Health has created this resource page for helping managers and employees balance their health and well-being right now.
There are many free mental health apps with a variety of approaches. Consider browsing your app store for an app that fits your needs.
Read about adaptive and maladaptive coping approaches during the pandemic and isolation here.
And finally, check in with each other. On chat, at the start of meetings, over email. Lots of people are doing well, and some people aren’t, so don’t make assumptions and just go ahead and check in on each other in the way that makes sense for your team.
CDC and IMLS webinar : “Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections”
On behalf Anna Lamphear, Head of Digitization Services at UT Austin: Happy Preservation Week!
The Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) will hold their 54th annual conference virtually, May 21-23, 2020. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information on ARSC and this year’s annual conference, please visit http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference.html.
The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) held their 50th annual conference in September and you may access 28 of the conference presentations here: https://vimeo.com/channels/1515776