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When Programming Isn’t Fun Anymore: Fighting Job Burnout | Programming Librarian

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:31:12 GMT

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:31:12 GMT

I have to tell you, I think you're reading my mind. I'm at a small rural library and I definitely have a hard time delegating. Between that and summer reading, I have been feeling very negative about work lately. Thank you for a good reminder I'm not alone.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:29:27 GMT

Aww I'm glad my post resonated with you! It's tough when you're overwhelmed and all the work is on you and you alone. Take care of yourself <3

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:59:13 GMT

I am always alone. (I'm a true solo librarian.) I keep forgetting to ask for help. Then when people do volunteer, I can't figure out what to give them to do. Instead of delegating, I need to work on letting go and realize that it doesn't have to be done perfectly! It can be done well enough and still be okay. That volunteer might not put the book exactly where I would have, but it's close enough. That activity might not get set up exactly the way I would have, but it still works. I've been shamelessly stealing from other libraries for 3 years! I've got do many ideas and so little time to use to implement them.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:47:58 GMT

I'd love a list of your favorite library blogs and good resources! :) Also, this is so accurate. I have the hardest time asking for help, delegating, and not working at home!

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:27:24 GMT

Please email me at and I can send over my list!

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 22:52:23 GMT

I, too, am going to email you, Chelsea for your list! Although I'm not at a small, rural library and I'm definitely not doing programming alone, I still get burned out. Some days I just can't face it. I love the idea of keeping a positive comments log for myself so I won't feel like I need to scream when the next patron tells me they hated the movie I selected (for them to watch for free). :)

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 20:38:38 GMT

Great info. I'm a branch manager in a rural library system and I, too, have a hard time delegating to my staff which in turn leads to massive amounts of frustration, exhaustion and guilt. Thanks for helping me see a little light.