The Art of Saying No

November 2nd.
Now free to register.


The discussion forum for this masterclass is HERE.

The Art of Saying No to Preserve Our Wellness: A Masterclass with Loida Garcia-Febo
The Library 2.0 Mental Health and Wellness Series


Learning how to say no is an underappreciated tool to equip ourselves with winning strategies for a successful career and life. Although saying yes to everything can feel amazing, it can result in overcommitment, delivering subpar results, time away from activities we enjoy, exhaustion, and the development of health conditions. Librarians have families, friends, colleagues, and lives that can benefit from them being unavailable to something, and available to themselves.

In this masterclass, we will learn about various aspects influencing the impulse of wanting to say yes all the time, societal and cultural roots that may prevent us from saying no, and how to do so without messing up our brains. We will also identify key strategies related to the “why, how, and when” to say no, allow ourselves to be unavailable, and nurture our wellbeing. Librarians are amazing and they can continue shining even when they say no to preserve their wellness.

This 30-minute training is presented by Library 2.0 and hosted by Loida Garcia-Febo. A handout copy of the presentation slides will be available to all who participate.


  • Attendees will learn strategies to convey no
  • Attendees will learn about managing guilty feelings and preserving relationships
  • Attendees will become familiar with assertiveness, communication styles, and decision-making
  • Attendees will become acquainted with Emotional Intelligence
  • Attendees will customize basics for self-care and work-life balance
  • Attendees will create a personalized “Saying no to Preserve MY Wellness Starter Kit”

DATE: Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, at 2:00 pm US - Eastern Time


  • FREE- includes access to the recording and the presentation slides and receiving a participation certificate. For any registration difficulties or questions, email

TO REGISTER (free): 

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RECORDING: The masterclass will be recorded and you will have access to the recording.


Loida Garcia-Febo is a Puerto Rican American librarian and International Library Consultant with 25 years of experience as an expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights. President of the American Library Association 2018-2019. Garcia-Febo is worldwide known for her passion about diversity, communities, sustainability, innovation and digital transformation, library workers, library advocacy, wellness for library workers, and new librarians about which she has taught in 44 countries. In her job, she helps libraries, companies and organizations strategize programs, services and strategies in areas related to these topics and many others. Garcia-Febo has a Bachelors in Business Education, Masters in Library and Information Sciences.

Garcia-Febo has a long history of service with library associations. Highlights include- At IFLA: Governing Board 2013-2017, Co-Founder of IFLA New Professionals, two-term Member/Expert resource person of the Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee of IFLA (FAIFE), two-term member of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section of IFLA (CPDWL). Currently: CPDWL Advisor, Information Coordinator of the Management of Library Associations Section. Currently at ALA: Chair, IRC United Nations Subcommittee, Chair Public Awareness Committee. Recently at ALA: Chair, Status of Women in Librarianship and Chair, ALA United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force developing a multi-year strategic plan for ALA. Born, raised, and educated in Puerto Rico, Garcia-Febo has advocated for libraries at the United Nations, the European Union Parliament, U.S. Congress, NY State Senate, NY City Hall, and on sidewalks and streets in various states in the U.S.