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Burnout and information professionals

How we got this way

Abstract:

This chapter analyses the particular sources of workplace stress for information professionals. These sources include the profession’s poor image and status, as well as the role gender plays. Consideration is given to the problems of poor management, shrinking budgets, downsizing, and the shift from print to electronic sources as potential sources of stress. Finally, the increase in attacks, assaults and low-level nuisances are discussed.

Key words

burnout

librarianship

image

status

gender

management

budgets

downsizing

print and electronic sources

assaults and nuisances

Introduction

It would be startling to come across an article predicting the end of policing, nursing, ...

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