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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.

Sat, 28 Dec 2019 01:15:58 GMT

I am a library tech who has basically been single handedly responsible for 95% of the adult programming at our library branch for the past 4 years. I finally have a partner in crime to work on programs with (another library tech) but I am so very uninspired and burnt out.

Mon, 30 Dec 2019 15:17:05 GMT

I have been feeling all of these things and at least now I can say I'm not alone. I have been doing Adult Programming at our library for 10 years. Yes, there were the programs /classes that no one was interested in, but then again there were some that had an amazing turnout. However, I've reached a point where I cannot get excited about what I planned. I too am not a good delegator, but then there are many times I've been promised help at programs either to set-up the room or help selling books only to find they cancelled and I had to do it all on my own. I facilitate two books groups per month from September to May too. That means I must read two books each month and some I could care less about. However, I need to know what it is all about. Lately, I've had some people just coming out in the first five minutes of the discussion saying, "I hated it." I used to be so encouraging but after 162 books I'm losing my gumtion.