Here is a brief write up in Library Worklife titled Job satisfaction and workplace engagement in libraries that summarizes the findings of the two studies.
Library Workplace Engagement
Detailed statistical analyses and discussions of the findings are available in the article “Workplace engagement of librarians and library staff” once it is published in the Journal of Library Administration, but below are some general findings from the Work & Well-Being survey (designed to measure workplace engagement). Full responses are available here Work and Well Being Report.
- All respondents’ means fall within the range of “average” established by the survey creators.
- Both public librarians and school librarians were statistically significantly more engaged in the workplace than librarians at four year academic libraries and respondents who worked in special libraries.
- Administrators were statistically significantly more engaged than librarians, library staff, and those respondents who identified their position as other.
- Respondents who worked in administration and those who worked directly with patrons were statistically significantly more engaged than respondents who did not work directly with patrons and those who worked in IT.
Library Job Satisfaction
Detailed statistical analyses and discussions of the findings will be available in the article “Job satisfaction of professional librarians and library staff” once it is published, but below are some general findings from the Job Satisfaction Survey. Full responses are available here Job Satisfaction Report.
The mean job satisfaction score for all respondents was not statistically significantly different from the mean norm score for the United States.
No statistically significant significant differences in job satisfaction were found by
- library types
- position in the library
- work performed
Weak correlations were found between how strongly respondents identified as a librarian and how strongly they identified with the profession of librarianship and their job satisfaction scores. A much stronger correlation was found between how strongly respondents identified with their current library and their job satisfaction scores.
A linear regression found for every one unit increase in how strongly a respondent identifies with their current library, their total job satisfaction score increased by 15 units. Strength of identification with their current library accounts for 31% of the variance in respondents’ job satisfaction scores.