Emotional labor, school librarianship, close reading
The author thanks Rachel Ivy Clarke for her invaluable feedback and intrepid support throughout this project.
Published version at Journal of Library Administration:
Library and Information Science
Although emotional labor—defined as the process(es) by which a worker manages their feelings in order to produce the desired emotional response in a customer—has been studied in various fields and specific domains of librarianship, this topic has yet to be examined in school librarianship. In this exploratory article, I perform a close reading of school librarian job postings to surface expectations of emotional labor and explicate connections to the feminized history of librarianship. The article closes with a call to action, outlining steps for administrators and researchers to prevent the potential harms of emotional labor in school librarianship.
Grimm, Alexandra, "Problematic Expectations: Using Close Reading to Surface Emotional Labor in School Librarian Job Postings" (2022). School of Information Studies - Post-doc and Student Scholarship. 10.
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