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Librarians suffer most stress

Posted by comartslibrarian on July 10, 2007

This report from the BBC: Librarians suffer most stress

Librarians are the most unhappy with their workplace, often finding their job repetitive and unchallenging, according to psychologist Saqib Saddiq.

He will tell the British Psychological Society that one in three workers suffer from poor psychological health.

It’s hard to take this story seriously. After all, how many librarians are riding through neighborhoods with IEDs? If librarianship is such a hard life, where are the cases of post-traumatic stress disorder? I can see it now: a troubled librarian starts ranting about “LC” while trying to find their favorite corn flakes at the supermarket.

An interesting follow-up to this research might be whether one in three library workers suffer from “poor psychological health” before they even started working at a library? It would make for an interesting poster session at ALA…

In any event, I find my current job to be professionally rewarding and a personal blessing.


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