Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals

Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals

by Carol Smallwood, Linda Burkey Wade
     
 

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Practicing academic, public, school and special librarians and LIS faculty in the United States offer practical how-to essays on managing stress as working librarians. Creative methods of diffusing stress are emphasized, adaptive to various types of libraries and job descriptions. The book is divided into several parts: Defusing and Reducing Conflict at Work;…  See more details below

Overview

Practicing academic, public, school and special librarians and LIS faculty in the United States offer practical how-to essays on managing stress as working librarians. Creative methods of diffusing stress are emphasized, adaptive to various types of libraries and job descriptions. The book is divided into several parts: Defusing and Reducing Conflict at Work; Stress Management; Library Programs for Patrons and Staff; Balancing the Professional and the Personal; Juggling Responsibilities; Easing Stress on a Budget; Overcoming Challenges; and Navigating Career Transitions. Facing budget and staff cuts, increasingly diverse patrons, and rapidly changing technology, librarians have stressful jobs and this collection helps meet a concrete need.

Editorial Reviews

Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, Illinois - Jason Kuhl
This volume contains a wealth of practical advice on dealing with the stress that all librarians experience at one time or another.
Arapahoe Library District, Denver, Colorado - Padma Polepeddi
Highly empowering self-care guide for library professionals with practical tips by experienced professionals to cope with the evolving role of libraries and library services.
Larry Grieco
...Twenty-seven excellent articles for librarians on how to beat stress in (and out of) the library.
Technical Services Quarterly
recommended
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Morgan Brickey
Libraries are not generally seen as stress-filled workplaces. Many see the library as a peaceful sanctuary with a sanguine librarian sitting at a desk reading a novel. In reality, however, the library can be full of stressors that plague employees. Libraries can be full of disagreeable coworkers, job insecurity, unfair supervisors, and job burnout. Librarians may have issues in asking for help when they need it most, since they are usually the ones people go to for assistance. Each chapter, written by a professional librarian, covers a different type of stress and effective ways to manage stressors in the workplace and at home. The contributing librarians are a diverse group, but academic libraries are the primary focus. No chapters are written concerning the special stresses experienced by school media specialists and only a few are written for public or special librarians. The articles specifically regarding academic libraries contain statistics and long-range studies, which would be more interesting if different types of libraries were included. Many of the stress-relief tips (exercise, meditation, journal writing, etc.) are repeated in numerous chapters. Several articles on interesting topics are included, such as being a minority in and laughter in the library. Overall, there are many short articles with little depth. Purchase this for academic libraries or those where employee stress levels are remarkably high. Reviewer: Morgan Brickey; Ages adult professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476605654
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
442 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Smallwood is the author or editor of numerous books and journal articles. A Michigan resident, her experience includes school, public and special libraries. Linda Burkey Wade is the Digitization Unit Coordinator at Western Illinois University Libraries and has published several articles.

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