Study Invitation: Low Morale in Formal Library Leaders

UPDATE 11/9/20: This invitation is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Be sure to monitor this blog for study updates.

Kendrick’s studies reveal and validate that low morale is the result of repeated and protracted exposure to emotional, verbal/written, and systemic abuse or neglect in the workplace (Kendrick 2017; Kendrick & Damasco 2019). However, there remains a significant dearth of information on formal leaders’ experience of low morale in library organizations.  Research is needed to understand how low morale manifests for and impacts this group of practitioners.

 If you are:

  1. a credentialed (earned the MLIS or equivalent) librarian who
  2. has experienced low morale as defined above while employed as a formal library leader (defined as a position that has formal supervisory, administrative, and/or managerial duties),

you are invited to participate in a research study designed to: 1) to discover the emotional trajectories of and physiological impacts of low morale on library leaders, 2) to identify professional, social, institutional, or political systems, policies, or practices that cause or impact the development of this group’s low-morale experience, and 3) to discover how these causes/impacts, systems, or practices and emotional and physiological changes are identified, mitigated or resolved through myriad cognitive, physical, verbal, or other processes and actions.

This study is investigated by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick (Dean, Dacus Library & Pettus Archives, Winthrop University).

If you choose to participate, I will conduct a telephone interview with you that will last 45-60 minutes, and you will also be asked to complete a brief survey which should only take 5-6 minutes to complete. Survey responses will be anonymous and kept separately from interview responses. Interviews will be confidential and participants will not be identified personally.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you are interested in participating, please contact me directly by phone or email to set up a telephone appointment. If you know of anyone else who might be eligible and who is interested in participating, please feel free to forward this invitation to them.

Principal Investigator contact information:

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick at 803.323.2232;

If you have questions about this study, you may contact the researcher at the contact points listed above. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a participant in this research study, you may contact Winthrop University’s Grants and Sponsored Research Development Office at 803.323.2460.

Thanks for your interest in and support of this study.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S.

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