Renewals Reach: Rejecting overcommitment

Katrina Spencer’s in-depth guide helps readers recognize the characteristics and behaviors associated with overcommitment. It includes a checklist of countermeasures to systematically reduce or respond to expectations that ignore human capacity or exploit/augment systems that promote or perpetuate overwork, over-functioning, and associated physical and mental health outcomes. The 2017 low morale study is included inContinue reading “Renewals Reach: Rejecting overcommitment”

Report Update: How Deauthentication Impacts BIPOC Academic Librarians’ Library Practice (February 2022)

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)”

Report Update: Barriers to Authenticity for BIPOC Academic Librarians (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)”

Renewals Reach: Reducing burnout in Communities of Practice

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”

From the May 2019 Course: Suggested Readings from Students

This post is the first of a two-part series of items I’m sharing from the second session of my course, “Deconstructing the Low-Morale Experience in Academic Libraries,” which was offered via Library Juice Academy in May 2019. Throughout the course, students shared readings that are helping them change their work culture or better understand issuesContinue reading “From the May 2019 Course: Suggested Readings from Students”

Report: Barriers to Authenticity for PoC Academic Librarians (May 2019)

[This content was originally published on May 20, 2019 at The Ink On The Page.] This is the second of two blogposts sharing some of the qualitative data offered by respondents to my ongoing survey on deauthenticity in racial and ethnic minority academic librarians (read the initial qualitative report on deauthentication and library practice impactsContinue reading “Report: Barriers to Authenticity for PoC Academic Librarians (May 2019)”

Report: How Deauthentication Impacts PoC Academic Librarians’ Library Practice (May 2019)

[This content was originally published on May 14, 2019 at The Ink On The Page.] After sharing my thoughts on the theme of deauthenticity that arose in my PoC academic librarian low-morale study data, I created a quick survey and reported the initial results via TIOTP last June.  As a review, deauthentication is defined as “a cognitive processContinue reading “Report: How Deauthentication Impacts PoC Academic Librarians’ Library Practice (May 2019)”

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”

Renewals Reach: The Choice to Continue LIS Practice as a PoC

Ashleigh Coren, an archivist, summarizes the issues of emotional labor in LIS and in particular, the work of PoC archivists. She makes a case for finding joy and shares her canvassing of colleagues on how they find and practice joy in their careers even while recognizing the real problems of workplace and professional marginalization inContinue reading “Renewals Reach: The Choice to Continue LIS Practice as a PoC”

From the October 2018 Course: Suggested Readings from Students

This post is the third part of a four-part series of items I’m sharing from the first session of my course, “Deconstructing the Low-Morale Experience in Academic Libraries,” which was offered via Library Juice Academy in October 2018. (see Part 1, Part 2) Throughout the course, students shared readings that are helping them change theirContinue reading “From the October 2018 Course: Suggested Readings from Students”