1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Employing the use of reflective writing/aesthetic expression, assigned readings, and community participation, this course will offer opportunities for analysis, critique, and reflection on the low- morale experience as lived by racial/ethnic minority librarians.
1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Kendrick’s second workplace morale study focuses on the experiences of racial and ethnic minority librarians and reveals additional impact factors and enabling systems this group faces during exposure to workplace abuse and neglect. Additionally, literature on workplace issues ranging from bullying and burnout to microaggressions and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts in libraries emphasize an urgent need for dialogue and reflection on low morale outcomes suffered in library environments, particularly as these issues pertain to racial/ethnic minorities practicing in North American libraries.
Employing the use of reflective writing/aesthetic expression, assigned readings, and community participation, this course will offer opportunities for analysis, critique, and reflection on the low- morale experience as lived by racial/ethnic minority librarians. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
Trigger warnings: Participants will be asked to revisit instances of low morale they have faced. As a result, negative memories and associated emotions, including anger, grief, and shame, may (re)-surface.
Enrolled students will be introduced to/have an opportunity to review the following concepts and frameworks:
Enrollee notice: this course is open to all, and is specifically designed to center the experiences of and support a safe space for racial/ethnic minorities practicing in North American libraries who have faced or are currently experiencing low morale.
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S. earned her graduate degree from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Stemming from a decade of professional experience, Kendrick's research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, the impact of creativity on library development and leadership, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (Chicago: ACRL 2016) and author of Kaleidoscopic Concern: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Other Concerns Regarding African American and Ethnic Library Professionals and Global Evolution: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of International Students in U.S. Academic Libraries (ACRL 2009, 2007). In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.