Cameron, Pierce, and Conroy’s study centers tenure-track academic librarians and measures work-stress levels and connections to organizational support systems. The report validates links between lack of support and employee stress, and offers an interesting finding regarding connections between professional confidence and stress. Their work cites the 2017 low morale study. Access the article (possible paywall).
This report offers an update of the qualitative data in my open survey focusing on the impact factor of deauthentication,“a cognitive process that People of Color (PoC) traverse to prepare for or navigate predominantly White workplace environments, resulting in decisions that hide or reduce aspects of the influence of their ethnic, racial, or cultural identity, and Continue reading “Report Update: How Deauthentication Impacts BIPOC Academic Librarians’ Library Practice (February 2022)”
This update offers more qualitative data offered by respondents to my ongoing survey on deauthenticity – please participate if this topic resonates with you; and you can review earlier data here. For review, deauthentication is “a cognitive process that People of Color (PoC) traverse to prepare for or navigate predominantly White workplace environments, resulting inContinue reading “Report Update: Barriers to Authenticity for BIPOC Academic Librarians (February 2022)”
Since 2018, I’ve been gathering and reporting information on the up-t0-the-moment concerns academic librarians have been considering during their low-morale experiences (you may review previous reports here, here, and here). A secondary purpose of this data collection project is to offer people a place to share anonymously their immediate concerns about their low-morale experience orContinue reading “Report Update: Academic Library Low Morale Spot-Check Survey Results (January 2022)”
The low-morale experience is one that moves through several stages, starting with a trigger event, moving forward to long-term exposure to instances of abuse and neglect, and then hopefully, successful resolution or mitigation. While the experience is launched by individual behaviors, it is also influenced and further propelled by external or internal factors and wide-spreadContinue reading “Impact Factors & Enabling Systems”
I’ve been studying the development and impact of low-morale experiences since 2016, and my work also includes data collection for kaleidoscopic aspects of this phenomenon. From people’s encounters with workplace abuse and neglect to dealing with the impacts of the experience while looking for work – or even how the experience has been influenced byContinue reading “Ongoing Low Morale Data Collection”
Leebaw and Logsdon delve into academic librarians’ perceptions of and experiences with academic freedom protections, making links to faculty status protections and their effectiveness when librarians are challenged. When looking at perceptions of punishment, they found that librarians’ responses had “there is significant overlap in both experiences and impacts.” Read the article.
Late last month I facilitated The Renewal Seminar at the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s (ALAO) 2020 Virtual Conference. I’m honored that ALAO invited me to lead this session with our academic library colleagues. Seventeen people attended the Seminar, representing a range of specialties. Seminar attendees are offered an opportunity to take two surveys: Pre-Seminar Questionnaire (basicContinue reading “Report: The Renewal Seminar at the ALAO 2020 Virtual Conference (October 2020)”
Brown and Settoducato summarize the points of their LOEX workshop, sharing the context and challenges that predicated their need to address burnout in their organization. They discuss ideas of self-care, contextualize the influences of vocational awe and neoliberalism on burnout, and briefly share some countermeasures they enacted at their organization. The 2017 low morale studyContinue reading “Renewals Reach: Reducing burnout in Communities of Practice”
Ginger Williams’ thesis (Valdosta State University) explores the impact of mentoring on the career development and job satisfaction rates of academic librarians. Her work discusses types of mentoring and reveals suggestion for the practice of mentorship. The thesis also includes suggestions for further areas of study, wherein she questions a possible mentorship need: guidance throughContinue reading “Renewals Reach: Mentoring as low morale therapy?”