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Thursday, April 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
So Emotional: The Hidden Labor and Mental Load of Librarianship

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Join us as we explore emotional labor and mental load on library staff. Emotional Labor is the extra labor put on people by the emotional demands of their work. It is particularly common in the service industry where the emotions portrayed by service providers are likely to not match what they are really feeling. And mental load is the excess work by marginalized groups to fit into the cultural norms of the dominant group. Both can have a big and hard impact on workers in libraries. In this program we will explore these issues and discuss possible organizational solutions.


Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney

Library Director, Driftwood Public Library
Kirsten is the chair of the Public Library Division and a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She has been a professional public librarian for eleven years, and in management for eight. In addition to her work on the Oregon Coast, Kirsten has also worked as a children's... Read More →
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Sarah Strahl

Library Manager, Hillsboro Public Library
Library Manager at HPL focusing on Innovating and Evolving. Former Teen Librarian who has been in Public Libraries since 2008. I’m currently a member at large on the PLD board.


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Vistas Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA