Renewals Reach: Power and privilege in libraries

Stark and Dobry’s poster session for the 2019 Northern California & Nevada Medical Group/Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona Joint Meeting includes an overview of literature on libraries as dysfunctional workplaces, along with associated behaviors and outcomes. They offer brief recommendations for roles library workers and formal library leaders can take to reduceContinue reading “Renewals Reach: Power and privilege in libraries”

A New MicroBlog Series: Red Flags

Red Flag (noun) : something that indicates or draws attention to a problem, danger, or irregularity. – Merriam-Webster Low-morale experience data and anecdotes highlight that, for a variety of reasons, victims often discount or ignore early warning signs that co-workers (including leaders, colleagues, or direct reports) or organizations are toxic and/or harbor or promote abusiveContinue reading “A New MicroBlog Series: Red Flags”

#RecommendedReading

Title: The pyschodynamics of bullying in the library. Authors: Steven W. Staninger. ABSTRACT: This article discusses the behaviors that create an environment conducive to bullying. The structures and hierarchies of libraries are identified as being susceptible to bullying behaviors. Research about defining and identifying bullying is presented, as well as strategies to help eradicate bullyingContinue reading “#RecommendedReading”

#RecommendedReading

Title: Incivility and Dysfunction in the Library Workplace: Perceptions and Feedback from the Field. Authors: Jo Henry, Joe Eshleman, Rebecca Croxton, and Richard Moniz. ABSTRACT: Issues associated with lack of civility, less than ideal functionality and employees that may not self-reflect as much they should are all challenges in the modern workplace and libraries are no exception. The purposeContinue reading “#RecommendedReading”

The Blame Flame

“[U]nbeknownst to myself, I was blaming, you know, the library I worked in, and all the co-workers, and the college, and the drive to work, and the students, you know, all of this, and it was really, honestly, just [my abuser].” –  Low morale study participant (Female, public services librarian) “[The emotional abuse I suffered]Continue reading “The Blame Flame”