The growing emphasis on racial justice in collections of libraries and archives needs to be applied to staff itself. Without both of these actions occurring, their efforts fall flat and institutions’ lack of a holistic approach to these issues stunts progress towards equity. As we embark on a career that provides and supports diverse communities, we must remember that empathy is equally important to hold for others as is ourselves. Libraries should give employees limited responsibilities to avoid pressures to overwork and take on more work then they can handle. Support should be readily available from higher ups or at least provided via assistants or apprentices. It is difficult to break toxic cycles, but that is no excuse to perpetuate systems that actively hurt people and diminish a resource's ability to perform its duty. To avoid complete burn out, we must be able to protect ourselves, so we can readily defend others and the information they seek.
Dataset Source Study Davis Kendrick, K. “The Public Librarian Low-Morale Experience: A Qualitative Study”. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, Vol. 15, no. 2, Jan. 2021, pp. 1-32, doi:10.21083/partnership.v15i2.5932.
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