Alone Together: Experiences of Solo Librarians in the Philippines

Authors

  • Dez Noelle Macasaet Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies

Keywords:

solo librarian, one-person libraries, library management

Abstract

This qualitative study describes the experiences of some solo librarians in the Philippines. With the existence of many libraries managed by librarians working alone or solo, there is still a lack of local literature on this. Therefore, this study aims to provide a better understanding of how solo librarians cope with their work and responsibilities as they manage their respective libraries. A preliminary survey was conducted to determine the respondents who would later voluntarily participate in the study. Through semi-structured interviews, four (4) librarians shared their challenges motivations and views working as a solo librarian, as well as the challenges they have and have been encountering. While many of them experience stress and burn out, administration-related difficulties, and professional isolation, they remain to be motivated by their freedom and independence as professional librarians, familiarity, and altruism.

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Published

2020-12-21

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