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Libraries as Dysfunctional Organizations and Workplaces

Edited By

Spencer Acadia

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ISBN 9780367747107
November 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

Libraries as Dysfunctional Organizations and Workplaces expands the ‘dysfunctional’ concept in the professional and academic LIS discourse by exposing the internal problematics of libraries, especially at the social and organizational level.

Including contributions written by LIS professionals and scholars, the book demonstrates that although many libraries do well at attending to users and managing external information they often fail at taking care of their own employees and addressing internal workplace issues. Acadia and the contributing authors explore the problem of dysfunctional libraries so that the LIS profession can come to terms with the systemic dysfunction in their institutions and begin solution-oriented and change-positive progress toward new and sustainable functionality. The book analyses the dysfunctional nature of modern libraries, while simultaneously proposing solutions to reduce and alleviate dysfunction. Through theory and application, it takes an explicit practice-based approach with the intent to inform and explain dysfunction as experienced in the library workplace at individual and structural levels and perspectives.

Libraries as Dysfunctional Organizations and Workplaces brings the dysfunction discourse to the attention of LIS academics and scholars, so that further theoretical and empirical research can proceed from and subsequently be addressed in library and information schools. The book will also be essential reading for librarians and LIS students currently working or preparing to work in public, college, and university libraries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Dysfunction in the Library Workplace

Spencer Acadia and Kyndal Vogt

Chapter 2: The Dysfunctional Library and Academic Librarian Turnover

Amanda Foster Kaufman, Amy F. Fyn, Millicent Weber and Christina Heady

Chapter 3: Improving Dysfunctional Recruitment and Retention in Academic Libraries by Honoring the Whole Person

Erica Lopez

Chapter 4: Precarity Doesn’t Care: Precarious Employment as a Dysfunctional Practice in Libraries

Adena Brons, Chloe Riley, Ean Henninger and Crystal Yin

Chapter 5: Discrimination as Dysfunction: Why do Libraries Have a Problem with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Briana Zaragoza and T. Gonzalez

Chapter 6: Workplace Dysfunction and Intellectual Freedom in Public Libraries

Miranda Doran-Myers and Crystal Schimpf

Chapter 7: The Saboteur in the Academic Library

Kate Dohe, Celia Emmelhainz, Maura Seale and Erin Pappas


Chapter 8: "Put the Fucking Salary in the Job Ad!": An Analysis of an Anonymous Corpus of Tweets

Tim Ribaric

Chapter 9: You are Seen: An Analysis of Library Dysfunction Found in Online Memes

Éthel Gamache and Spencer Acadia

Chapter 10: A Descriptive Study of Workplace Bullying in U.S. Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Carol Anne Geary and Spencer Acadia

Chapter 11: Work Alienation in Academic Libraries: A Marxist Analysis of Library Dysfunction

Zorian M. Sasyk

Chapter 12: Bamboo Ceiling Reframed: Exclusion through Social Practices and Structures in Libraries

Silvia Vong

Chapter 13: Combating Destruction: Organizational Power and Conflict in Academic Libraries

Sara Parme and Amy Pajewski

Chapter 14: Dysfunction by (Dis)organization: The Academic Library within University Structure and Organization

Jasmine Hoover

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Spencer Acadia is an assistant professor in the Research Methods and Information Science Department at the University of Denver, U.S.A.