Librarian Burnout

According to Tim and Zahra Baird, two librarians writing in LIScareer.com, the very nature of library work predisposes us to burnout.  A normal library workday can be described as a continuous round of interruptions.  When demands for our services (including reference questions and reader’s advisory) roll in, we must refocus ourselves to find the answers and set aside whatever else we have been working on.  These constant breaks in our day interrupt the flow of our concentration and make it hard for us to complete our tasks.  The repetitive nature of library work induces monotony; boredom can easily set in by doing things over and over again, making us prime candidates for burnout.

When you’re burned out in your job, you can feel exhausted, ineffective, unenthusiastic, and isolated from your colleagues. It can greatly depreciate work performance and workplace morale.

Maria Accardi, author of Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, has created a new blog called Librarian Burnout as a place for fellow academic librarians to commiserate in burnout stories and share creative ways to combat burnout in librarianship. The blog has a certain tint for library instruction (teaching the same one-shot can get tiresome), however, there are considerations for all types of burnout in different roles of librarianship. It’s still a relatively new blog, so there are only a few posts to read, but I encourage you all to take a look! Maybe even post a story yourself.

Call for Presentations – LOEX 2016

The 44th Annual LOEX Conference is on May 5-7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Proposals are now being accepted for breakout sessions. The tracks this year are:

* ReImagine: Rethinking Teaching & Learning
* ReFrame: Exploring Multiple Perspectives on Pedagogy
* ReCycle: Using Technology & Keeping Teaching Fresh
* ReConnect: Meeting Your Neighbors – Outreach & Collaboration
* ReInvigorate: Leading to Create Change
* ReAssess: Learning from Success & Failure

Proposals are due Friday, November 20, 2015More information.

LOEX is a great conference on information literacy, instruction and teaching in libraries. It is short, focused, and relatively inexpensive.  If you would like more information about LOEX, contact Rebecca Starkey.  The Library is a LOEX member.

Advice on bringing the ACRL Framework into your teaching

An Indiana library network, PALNI, has published a LibGuide on ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  The guide has a page for each of the six ‘frames,’ defining the frames and mapping them to ACRL’s IL standards.  Additionally, the guides include possible learning objectives as well as suggested activities to incorporate the concepts into the classroom.

Not familiar with the Framework?  Read all about it here.

 

Registration Opens for LOEX Fall Focus Conference

LOEX is holding a new conference this year:

Focused on…the ACRL Framework
Program Overview
November 13-14, 2015

Registration opens on Friday, September 18th.  LOEX conferences often fill up within a day, so if you are interested, you may want to mark your calendar!

UChicago is a LOEX member, which means we have priority registration.

I have attended several LOEX conferences, and I find them to be very helpful as they are very small and focused specifically on instruction.

 

Welcome

Welcome to Instructionally Speaking, a new University of Chicago Library staff blog hosted by the Committee on Instruction and Outreach (CIAO). The purpose of Instructionally Speaking is to provide a place for Library staff to learn more about instruction, and share information with colleagues such as:

  • Newly published articles related to teaching, pedagogy, and information literacy.
  • Professional development opportunities, such as conferences or webinars.
  • Updates on instruction initiatives at other colleges and universities that may be of interest.
  • Articles highlighting innovative instruction being conducted by University of Chicago librarians.
  • News and other information relating to teaching at the University

While CIAO is initiating this blog, we hope that in the future, you will contribute articles and content that you think would be of interest to your colleagues. We envision Instructionally Speaking to be a virtual community of practice, where our shared knowledge and skills can help us grow the Library’s instructional programs.