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 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 MicroBlog Series: Red Flags”

Renewals Reach: daring leadership in libraries

At the 2019 Florida Association of College & Research Libraries’ Annual Conference, Kellie Barbato presents the basic and expanded tenets of Brenè Brown’s philosophy of daring leadership, which in part center prioritizing, demonstrating, and modeling values that support courage, vulnerability, and empathy in the workplace. The original low morale study (2017) is shared as aContinue reading “Renewals Reach: daring leadership in libraries”

From the January 2020 Course: Suggested Resources from Students

This post is the second of a two-part series of items I’m sharing from the third session of my course, “Deconstructing the Low-Morale Experience in Academic Libraries,” which was offered via Library Juice Academy in January 2020. During the course, students shared resources that they have considered or that are helping them change their workContinue reading “From the January 2020 Course: Suggested Resources from Students”

Panel Discussion on Dysfunction and Low Morale in Libraries

The Metrolina Library Association is hosting the panel discussion “Lifting Library Employees from Dysfunction and Low Morale” on March 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I will be participating on the panel. I’m looking forward to discussing my research and answering attendee questions.  The event is free. Register here.


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”