ERIC Number: ED330350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Stress among Academic Librarians and Library Directors.
Wood, Richard J.
Pertinent general and library specific stress studies are reviewed to demonstrate the importance and benefits of keeping job stress within healthy (normal) levels in libraries. Studies are cited to show the potentially adverse impact of stress on individuals and organizations, generally, and librarians and libraries, specifically. The results of a study based on Hallberg's "Stress Survey" that was sent to academic librarians in the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) region are presented. Six types of stress criteria (time, task perfection, control over the job, competition, change, and physical symptomology) were used to evaluate such positions as library directors; acquisition librarians; catalog librarians; reference librarians; serial librarians; and others. The impact of technological, environmental, organizational, and other factors is also discussed. The preliminary research study found no evidence of unhealthy stress levels among the college librarians in the nearly 40 academic libraries surveyed. However, library literature indicates that changes in the work environment, automation, or other factors are perceived to be factors that are causes of high job stress and burnout. It is recommended that the effects of such changes and working conditions be carefully monitored and studied. (45 references) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Southeastern Library Network