'What about us?' Wellbeing of higher education librarians

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Carter, Susan, Andersen, Cecily, Turner, Michelle and Gaunt, Lorraine. 2023. "'What about us?' Wellbeing of higher education librarians." The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 49 (1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102619
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'What about us?' Wellbeing of higher education librarians

ERA Journal ID10601
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCarter, Susan (Author), Andersen, Cecily (Author), Turner, Michelle (Author) and Gaunt, Lorraine (Author)
Journal TitleThe Journal of Academic Librarianship
Journal Citation49 (1)
Article Number102619
Number of Pages10
Year2023
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0099-1333
1879-1999
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102619
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0099133322001355
Abstract

Scant research has centred on the wellbeing of librarians. This paper seeks to answer how do librarians in the Higher Education sector describe their wellbeing, including what enables and impacts it? Method: An Adapted Interactive Model of Research Design (AIRD) (adapted from Maxwell, 2009) was used together with Contributive Research Method (Puig et al., 2018). Data was collected during an online satellite event where 97 people from 34 institutions in three countries participated, from which 57 contributed data to the study through a workshop presentation on maintaining wellbeing. During the online interactive workshop, data was gathered in a contributory a manner, using embedded digital tools Mentimeter, and Hypothes.is. Results: Higher Education librarians in the study aligned with Diener’s (1984) conceptualisation of subjective wellbeing when defining wellbeing. Data also surfaced a shared understanding of subjective wellbeing, and identification of impactors and enablers to the wellbeing of librarians in the Higher Education Sector. The study surfaced two key findings: firstly six enablers to wellbeing were identified; and secondly, the wellbeing of Higher Education sector librarians is heavily impacted by work intensification. Conclusions: The voices of librarians in the Higher Education sector have surfaced the need for inclusive wellbeing programs and strategies.

KeywordsContributive research method; Contributory research; Digital tools; Hypothes.is; Librarian wellbeing; Mentimeter; Wellbeing; Wellbeing of librarians in higher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461099. Library and information studies not elsewhere classified
390412. Teacher and student wellbeing
390303. Higher education
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Charles Sturt University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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