Over the weekend while on Twitter, I came across this tweet thread:
Y’all – my work is now sound!!! My research is an art! Also, this data physicalization project is one that calls after my Digital Humanities and Communities of Practice heart.
Today I received a notice from Norene Erickson, the Editor-In-Chief of Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, that my article on public librarians’ low-morale experiences has won the journal’s Partnership Award for the best article of 2020! She noted, ” Articles were nominated by the editorial team, and an awards committee made the final decision based on:
She also shared that despite the short publishing time of the article (it was published in January 2021), it is tracking as one of the most popular viewed/downloaded articles of the year (at announcement time, it had 4,964 abstract views and 7,753 downloads).
I’m so honored that my work is being recognized in this way. UPDATE: Read the announcement.
Today we have a two-fer, both research related and speaking to the empowerment that I always hope and wish to come of my work.
First up, this tweet about my low-morale work:
Then, LaJuan Pringle, a librarian at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library System (we also worked together on the Metrolina Library Association Board), shared with me a post he wrote on the rare joy of being – and working with – other Black male librarians. He cited my 2009 study of the history and career motivations for African American male librarians.
These messages keep my spirits up and I’m very thankful to know that my current and past work makes a positive difference in a profession I care a great deal about.
My study focusing on the low-morale experiences of public librarians has been published in the international Open Access (OA) journal, Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science Practice and Research. Read the article.
Yesterday at a webinar hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), I presented the latest results of my low morale/COVID-19 survey (it’s still open and taking responses, by the way). I received the following message from an attendee:
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the amazing NNLM presentation today! …[I]t was so powerful to see and feel how present you are in your message and emotional support for listeners. To me, you are not just presenting research, you are helping people learn how to value themselves, and also to question their own roles in completely dysfunctional systems. This is so valuable in general, and is very much so to me personally.”
Empowerment. Clarity. Accountability. I will keep going!
I recently finished the inaugural session of my Library Juice Academy course, “Reimagining Workplace Empowerment: Reducing Low Morale for Minority Librarians.“
Today I received an email from a student, which ended with this deeply moving statement:
“I want to thank you so much for this course. I’ve learned more than just information, I learned to be more brave.“
I’m grateful, and deeply moved and honored to see the title and purpose of this course fulfilled in real time in our profession.
I woke up this morning, checked my email, and was immediately stunned by a colleague who attended the #LIBRESILIENCE/#LIBREV(olution) conference that happened earlier this week, which included my presentation on the intersections between COVID-19 and low morale. In part, she shared:
I … regularly advocate to administration for staff needs and labor concerns, which I try to get them to understand as deeply connected to how we provide services for patrons, not separate from it, especially in regards to negative experiences of non-professional staff and library workers of color at all levels. My arguments for shifting policies and procedures have always been based in ethical and social justice principles, but your research and writing have allowed me to introduce aggregated qualitative data into these conversations.
You are providing an extremely important bridge between those of us working from moral and ethical worldviews and managers who want data and field-approved information. To my mind, you have introduced some of the most important and useful concepts and tools to understanding our field in the early 21st century, and I hope that in retrospect we will see their impact in the improved lived experiences of library workers.
Your work and words have also been personally bolstering to me in this upsetting time, and I am extremely grateful to you for that. – S.S., Massachusetts
I am simply and utterly overwhelmed with gratitude. This is why I’ve done this work, which is hard – and so gratifying to know during my life that I’m making a positive difference. I will continue to improve.
Earlier this week at the #LIBRESILIENCE/#LIBREV(olution) I presented the latest results of my ongoing survey focusing on the how library responses to COVID-19 are impacting ongoing low-morale experiences. The twitter activity in response to my presentation included this awesome output of notes by Jennifer Allison:
I’ve never seen my work presented in this way, and I’m so moved…so amazing! Jennifer shared, “I am a law librarian by training – I do notes like this to engage other parts of my brain during talks.”
Thank you so much!
My survey on COVID-19 library responses and their impact on low-morale experiences has been translated to German by colleague Dr. Karsten Schuldt at University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons in Switzerland. https://bit.ly/34UTjX0