Job Stress and the Librarian

Coping Strategies from the Professionals


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Carol Smallwood, a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple Pushcart nominations, is the author of journal articles as well as editor of numerous books including one in Poets & Writers Magazine List of Best Books for Writers. 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.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Carol Smallwood and Linda Burkey Wade
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7180-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0565-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword: Julia L. Eisenstein 1

Introduction: Carol Smallwood and Linda Burkey Wade 3

Part I : Defusing and Reducing Conflict at Work

Dealing with Impossible Co-Workers

Kathleen Clauson 5

Let’s Work it Out: Managing Conflict in Libraries

Lisa A. Forrest 13

Part II: Stress Management

Gender Specific Stress Management Strategies

Leigh A. Woznick 19

Laughter in the Library

Su Epstein 28

Shelving Stress Through Self-Care and Nutrition

Amy Bodine and Kim Rush Lynch 33

The Active Librarian: The Importance of Physical Activity for Mental and Physical Well-Being

John Boyd and Elizabeth Cramer 41

Leave Me Alone! The Value of Solitude

Jonathan Frater 48

Part III: Library Programs for Patrons and Staff

Planning Library Programs for Patrons

Beth Nieman 55

The Benefit and Implementation of an Employee Yoga Program

Kymberly Anne Goodson 63

Librarians Helping Each Other: A Staff StressBusters Program

Aislinn Catherine Sotelo and Shirley A. Higgins 71

Part IV: Balancing the Professional and the Personal

De-Stressing: Conscious Choices at Work and Home

Maryann Mori 81

Journaling Your Professional Life: Appreciate the Journey

Cristina Hernandez Trotter 87

Avoiding and Recovering from Burnout

Samantha Schmehl Hines 95

Part V: Juggling Responsibilities

The Real Cost of Doing More with Less

Pamela O’Sullivan 101

Meeting the Demands of Teaching

Marcia E. Rapchak 106

Employee Empowerment as a Strategy for Supervisors

James B. Casey 112

Part VI: Easing Stress on a Budget

Affordable Library Makeovers

Sharon M. Britton 119

Funding Your Media Program in Lean Times

Barbara Fiehn 126

Downsizing Stress: Dealing with Budgetary and Staff Cuts

Stacey R. Ewing and Janelle West 134

Done in a Day: Effective Use of Volunteer Labor

Jeffrey DiScala and Sheri Anita Massey 142

Part VII: Overcoming Challenges

Being an “Only One”: The Sole Minority on Staff

Charlcie K. Pettway Vann 149

The Trailing Spouse: A Portable Career

Kimberly Swanson 155

So You’ve Been Laid Off, Now What?

Lara Frater 161

Part VIII: Navigating Career Transitions

The Over-Underemployed Librarian: The Full-Time Stress of Multiple Part-Time Jobs

Zara T. Wilkinson 169

Stuck in Security: The Mid-Career Frustrations of the Tenured Academic Librarian

Beth Evans 176

No Time Like the Present: Proactive Retirement Planning

Aline D. Wilson 183

About the Contributors 191

Index 197

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Technical Services Quarterly; “This volume contains a wealth of practical advice on dealing with the stress that all librarians experience at one time or another.”—Jason Kuhl, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, Illinois; “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.”—Padma Polepeddi, Arapahoe Library District, Denver, Colorado; “Twenty-seven excellent articles for librarians on how to beat stress in (and out of) the library.”—Larry Grieco, contributor, Bringing the Arts into the Library; “Libraries have changed radically in the past 15 years, and so have customer expectations. This book is not only welcome, but necessary to our field.”—Elaine Williams, Lynchburg Branch Library, Ohio.