On-Demand Webinar: The Search For Meaningful Work: Overcoming Low Morale, Quiet Quitting, and Dead End Jobs

This presentation centers on creating a meaningful work life while also exploring how to break free from unfavorable elements. Low morale, quiet quitting, and dead end jobs refer to the subtle and gradual disengagement of library workers from their professional roles, often due to little opportunity for promotion or advancement, inadequate support, a lack of pay increases, repetitive tasks, low autonomy, and a negative work culture. There will be a discussion on actionable steps that individuals and managers can take to create a more inclusive career development environment. This talk will be based on the presenter's ALA articles "Don't Ignore Quiet Quitting" and "When Librarianship Becomes a Dead End Job."

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of creating a meaningful work life and its significance in professional well-being.
  • Explore the various challenges and dissatisfaction that can contribute to the gradual disengagement of library workers from their roles including burnout, lack of professional growth opportunities, inadequate support, and evolving technological demands.
  • Identify steps to foster a positive work culture, empower employees, and enhance job satisfaction, ultimately contributing to a more enriching and fulfilling professional experience.

Who Should Attend: This talk is designed for both library staff and managers who want to create an environment where people can learn, earn, and feel a sense of belonging.


Alejandro Marquez is a Collection Development Librarian at Auraria Library, which provides academic resources for the University of Colorado Denver, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. He also served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador where he worked as a Municipal Development volunteer. His research interests include open scholarship and underserved communities.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.