Interview: Library Journal (August 2019)

Library Journal’s Deimosa Webber-Rey interviewed me about the low morale study focusing on racial and ethnic minority academic librarians. In the article, I discuss the specific impact factors that affect this group as they traverse the low-morale experience and share my ongoing concerns about the study’s data.  Read more. You can also read my 2020Continue reading “Interview: Library Journal (August 2019)”

Renewals Reach: Saying “No” at work.

In November 2018, Melanie Cassidy, Ali Versluis, and Erin Menzies hosted a roundtable at the Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium (University of Arizona). Their discussion, titled “Disrupting traditional power structures in academic libraries: Saying no, how to do it, and why it matters,”centers the framework of resilience narratives and how they are used against librariansContinue reading “Renewals Reach: Saying “No” at work.”

IDEAL ’19 – PoC Low Morale Presentation

Earlier this month with Ione T. Damasco (University of Dayton) at the IDEAL ’19 Conference, I presented our low morale study centering racial and ethnic minority academic librarians. Click the image above to see the presentation, which summarizes my original 2017 low morale study and selected results of the racial/ethnic minority academic librarian study.  YouContinue reading “IDEAL ’19 – PoC Low Morale Presentation”


Title: Caution! Hazardous substances: Recognizing and deflecting toxic personalities in the workplace. Authors: Terrence Bennett, Mollie Freire, and Ann Campion Riley. ABSTRACT: Personality conflict in the workplace can lead to an ongoing work situation that is painful, personally difficult and uncomfortable through a special combination of factors. This presentation address some aspects of conflict in theContinue reading “#RecommendedReview”

Report Update: Deauthentication Survey Results (June 2019)

[This post was originally published on June 3, 2019 at The Ink On The Page.] Late last spring I shared the original results of my deauthentication survey with TIOTP readers. The survey came out of my desire to explore this sub-phenomenon that seems to occur for racial/ethnic minority academic librarians who are experiencing low morale (repeatedContinue reading “Report Update: Deauthentication Survey Results (June 2019)”

Interview: Against the Grain (May 2019)

To recognize winning the 2019 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award, Against the Grain interviewed me at length about my efforts regarding library development and many of my areas of scholarship. I shared details on both, in particular my research on low morale. Read the interview.


Title: An investigation of factors impacting the wellness of academic library employees. Authors: Leo S. Lo & Bethany Herman ABSTRACT: The term “wellness” is fast garnering attention on how it affects one’s professional and personal life. This study explores the multi-dimensions of wellness and investigates factors that might impact the “wellness” of employees in academicContinue reading “#RecommendedReading”

Webinar: Deauthenticity in PoC Academic Librarianship

[This content was originally published on February 18, 2019 at The Ink On The Page.] Last year the North Carolina Libary Associations’ Roundtable for Minority Ethnic Concerns (NCLA REMCo) invited me to join their Cultural Conversation’s slate.  Below is the webinar I led, titled “Exploring (de)Authenticity: Impact on PoC, Implications for Practice.” The webinar reflects aContinue reading “Webinar: Deauthenticity in PoC Academic Librarianship”

Tweet-dux: White Supremacy and Racism in the PoC Low-Morale Experience.

[This content was originally published on February 11, 2019 at The Ink On The Page.] On Twitter, I’ve been threading some results of my latest low morale study (done with Ione Damasco), which centers the experience of racial and ethnic minority academic librarians. It is my hope that this work will bring into clearer view the additionalContinue reading “Tweet-dux: White Supremacy and Racism in the PoC Low-Morale Experience.”