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Are information professionals burned out?

Research and opinion

Abstract:

This chapter provides an overview of empirical studies on burnout conducted specifically on groups of information professionals over the years. It also includes opinions offered by authors who have reviewed empirical research in this area.

Key words

burnout

information professionals

librarianship

empirical research

opinion

Introduction

Burnout is a problem whose effects have been studied in numerous professions, occupations and other population groups. Indeed, researchers in 2009 put the number of burnout studies at somewhere between 5,500 (Casserley and Megginson, 2009) and 6,000 (Schaufeli et al., 2009). Today, that number is substantially higher.

As an indication ...

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