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  • Stress among reference library staff in academic and public libraries
    Petek, Marija, 1956-
    The purpose of this paper is to explore stress among reference library staff in academic and public libraries in one of the European countries. The study has been conducted to ascertain whether ... members of the reference staff undergo stress, whether they consider the reference work stressful, how often they are exposed to stress, which situations are most stressful and how they cope with stress in the workplace and in their private lives. A semi-structured interview is applied as a data collection technique so that interviewees are able to express their opinions on stress and to describe stress as an individual experience. A convenience sample of members of the reference library staff in ten academic and ten public libraries is prepared. The reference library staff in the academic and public libraries is aware of stress causing damage to one's health and work performance. The reference staff in the public libraries is more frequently exposed to stress than those in the academic libraries. The users are considered the main stressor owing to their complex reference questions, vague information needs and requests, wanting information and materials immediately, not following the library rules, etc. The sample is small and not representative, including only two types of libraries. The research may serve as a preliminary study, as it offers insights into the work-related stress among the reference staff in the academic and public libraries. This is the first research on the stress of the reference library staff in the academic and public libraries in the country. It contributes to the understanding of the work-related stress in the libraries. Identifying stressful situations can help the reference staff and employers take appropriate strategies to cope with stress.
    Vir: RSR : reference services review. - ISSN 0090-7324 (Vol. 46, iss. 1, 2018, str. 128-145)
    Vrsta gradiva - članek, sestavni del ; neleposlovje za odrasle
    Leto - 2018
    Jezik - angleški
    COBISS.SI-ID - 67179874
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