On-Demand Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Burnout in Libraries; A Research & Advocacy Panel

Description: In a panel discussion led by Lynn Hoffman (Deputy Director, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey), Matthew Weirick Johnson (Director of Research & Instruction, University of South Florida) and Jessica Jones (Library Director, Takoma Park Maryland Library) will discuss burnout in libraries as researched and witnessed in both academic and public institutions. Burnout is as persistent a topic in libraries as it is a concern for the people who work in them. Building on the scholarship and discussions around vocational awe, this panel will be equal parts research and advocacy. We will look at how and why burnout is manifesting in library staff so pervasively, as well as some ideas for changing our workplaces to mitigate, ameliorate, and prevent further harm.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.


Learning Outcomes:


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

  • Define burnout;
  • Identify causes of burnout among library workers;
  • Describe how burnout manifests in individuals and organizations; and
  • Consider proposed interventions for individuals and organizations.

Who Should Attend: This webinar may be relevant to many librarians across different types of libraries but may be most useful for library leaders and managers; the presentation considers causes and potential solutions for managing and mitigating burnout among library workers.



Jessica Jones (she/her) has been the Library Director for the Takoma Park Maryland Library since 2021, and she has previously served in library leadership roles in both Texas and New Mexico. She has been working in libraries since 2007, serving in academic, research, and public sectors, in roles including technical services, reference, faculty, and administration. Jessica is married to a climate scientist who helps her focus on a better future for everyone, while their cats Falafel and Waffles remind her to be present and to take time out for restorative practices.

Matthew Weirick Johnson
is the Director of Research & Instruction on the Tampa campus at the University of South Florida Libraries. They recently published “Job Control and Its Impacts on Burnout in Academic Instruction Librarians” in the Journal of Library Administration.

Lynn Hoffman
is Deputy Director at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.


Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.