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Report Update: Low Morale and COVID-19, Part 1 (March 2020)

It’s been about two weeks since I launched my survey tracking COVID-19’s (Novel Coronavirus) impact on ongoing low-morale experiences. Check this Tweet thread for nascent results, which reflected all participants at that time (n=46).

This study focuses on people who were already dealing with low-morale before the discovery and development of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  As a result, this report and and future report concerning this survey’s data will only reflect the responses of participants who answer(ed) “Yes” to the query: “Are you currently experiencing low morale (defined as ‘exposure to repeated, protracted exposure to workplace abuse/neglect’ – Kendrick, 2017)?”

Here are the quantitative results as of March 29, 2020; see qualitative responses.


*Check out Lisa Hinchliffe’s work tracking COVID-19 academic library closures.

Works Cited 

Berg, J., Galvan, A. & Tewell, E. (2018). Responding to and reimagining resilience in academic libraries. Journal of New Librarianship, 3(1). Retrieved from

Ettarh, F. (2018). Vocational awe and librarianship: The lies we tell ourselves. In The Library With The Lead Pipe. Retrieved from 

Kendrick, K.D. (2017). The low-morale experience of academic librarians: A phenomenological study. Journal of Library Administration, 57(8): 846-878. Retrieved from

Maslach, C. (1982). Burnout: The cost of caring. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.

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