Emotional Labor, Care Work and Mental Illness in the Neoliberal Library

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  • In this talk, I will address how vocational awe intersects with neoliberalism in higher education and how this particularly impacts library workers who identify as mentally ill or neurodivergent. I will discuss the findings of an autoethnographic interview project I undertook in 2019, wherein I surveyed twenty-one and interviewed thirteen library workers at both public and academic libraries who agreed to talk about their experiences with mental illness in library service work. I went into this project with my own set of experiences around teaching burnout and came out of it with a greater understanding of the ways in which the neoliberal culture of libraries negatively impacts all of us, but especially those of us who experience challenges around our mental health.

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