Academic Library Leadership and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Date of Award
College of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Dr. Eugenia Lambert, Committee Chairperson
Dr. Bobbi Nicholson
Dr. Kelli Johnson
Prior to the pandemic academic library leadership faced a host of challenges, such as budget shortfalls, serials crisis, shifting and evolving technologies and patron expectations. These long-term obstacles were compounded by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic which required library deans and directors to implement ever evolving safety measures while balancing the needs of library employees, students, faculty, and staff. The mental health of academic librarians and staff has long been the subject of research; however, few studies focused on the mental health experiences of academic library deans and directors. The purpose of this interpretative phenomenological analysis is to describe the experiences of academic library deans and directors through the early months of the pandemic and to utilize those data to help library leadership manage their own mental health while assisting their employees’ well-being during future crises.
Academic librarians – Leadership – Mental health.
COVID-19 (Disease) – Libraries.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- -- Libraries.
Thomas, Sabrina Nicole, "Academic Library Leadership and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: an interpretative phenomenological analysis" (2023). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1752.
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