Your Name and Title: Victoria James, Liaison Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name: Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries

Co-Presenter Name(s): Fiona Kovacaj, Web Librarian

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Canada 

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Librarians

Short Session Description (one line): 

This session will discuss the different types of burnout that can affect librarians and recommend individual and institutional ways to prevent burnout.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Librarians are facing burnout in greater numbers and severity as a result of greater workloads, inadequate support, and a constantly changing environment created by the pandemic. Our presentation will focus on burnout and its causes and suggest some individual and institutional ways to prevent it. We will cover:

  • Types of burnout
  • Conditions that cause burnout
  • How to recognize burnout in yourself
  • Our individual experiences and responses
  • How the library can prevent burnout amongst its employees
  • Individual mindfulness practices

As early career librarians, we will discuss our personal experiences with burnout and encourage attendees to reflect on their own experiences. It is our hope that this presentation will empower folks to talk more openly about these issues.

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