Researchers Holm, Guimaraes, and Marcano are excited to announce their forthcoming book on Academic Librarian Burnout. This book will be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries

Book’s Working Title:

Academic Librarian Burnout: Causes and Responses


Christina E. Holm, MLIS

  • Instruction Coordinator
  • Kennesaw State University Library System

Ana B. Guimaraes, MSLIS

  • Director of Collection Development
  • Kennesaw State University Library System

Nashieli Marcano, PhD, MLIS

  • Graduate Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
  • Kennesaw State University Library System

Overview of Book

The nature of library work and academia have been transformed by forces such as the pace of technological change, reduced budgets, a global pandemic, and shifting understandings of what it means to be a librarian. While these changes have transformed the work of the library, librarians have rushed to adopt, correct, and even challenge changes to tradition. This work has been fueled by a professional mindset that situates librarianship as a vocation and its maintenance requires increasing levels of passion and commitment from everyday librarians. It is, therefore, not surprising that a 2018 survey found that academic librarians in the United States have a work-related Copenhagen Burnout Inventory score of 49.6. In fact, the burnout score of academic librarians in the United States is higher than the burnout score reported by similar helping professions whose members have participated in the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory. Having established a baseline assessment of academic librarian burnout, the authors of that study have returned to examine the nature of academic librarian burnout.

Anticipated Topical Coverage:

Section 1: Burnout typified in librarians

Section 2: Conditions that cause burnout

Section 3: Individual Responses to Burnout

Section 4: Organizational Responses to Burnout

Section 5: Lived Experiences

Our Research

Please find the post-print of our article here or visit the Journal of Library Administration to download our published version.

Our Dataset

Please find the dataset used in our 2018 study on academic librarian burnout here. This dataset is available under CC BY-NC.