There is a trend in librarianship to promote a narrative of perpetual resilience. We’re tireless underdogs using our scrappy, creative and endlessly innovative ideas to overcome any obstacle, be it budget cuts, staffing reductions or constantly changing organizational structures and culture. The danger in this narrative is that it promotes the idea that library staff should be able to overcome any obstacle and those who struggle are less capable or somehow at fault, leading to increased cases of burnout and low morale.
In this session we will tackle the question of how we can dismantle the resilience narrative in order to honestly address issues of burnout, low morale, emotional labour and negative workplace culture in our libraries. We will discuss what the resilience narrative is, how it impacts our work and how we can reframe our profession in a more constructive way. We will also take time to look at the role of the library as a workplace and tools for creating a healthy and safe environment for all staff.
This session will be part presentation and part round-table discussion to facilitate information sharing and networking.