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December 1, 2010 by J. Johnson

Budget cuts! Staff cuts! Cuts in hours! Cuts in services! Cancelled
conferences! Is your body’s stress response the only thing working
overtime???? According to Dr. John Medina, a developmental
molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain
development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders, your brain
is built to deal with stress that lasts about 30 seconds and is not
designed for long term stress when you feel like you have no
control.1 The dire economic circumstances in which Ohio libraries
find themselves is likely to last a lot longer than 30 seconds.
Relax, take a deep breath and transform your stress into positive
energy and creativity. The Subject & Special Collections Division
(SSCD) Action Council is trying to do just that. We have taken a
deep breath, looked at our mission, goals and objectives and are
reassessing them in light of the funding cuts for Ohio’s public

1 Medina , Dr. John. (2008) Brain rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving
at Work, Home, and School. Pear Press.


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