We’re honored to have Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, renowned author, scholar, facilitator, and co-host of the popular podcast series #FixMyLibrary as our President’s Program speaker at ALA Annual from 11:45am to 12:45pm CT on Saturday, June 26.
Focusing on her research on morale in the workplace, Kendrick will discuss the impacts of repeated and long-term exposure to workplace abuse and/or neglect on employee emotional and physical health and career practice and outlook. Kendrick’s presentation will review low-morale research data, including data on how these experiences are being effected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will offer attendees pathways to begin applying self-preservation tools immediately in their workplaces and personal lives.
A graduate of Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies and an alumna of Winthrop University, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick’s research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. Her most recent work, “The Public Librarian Low-Morale Experience: A Qualitative Study”, received the 2020 Partnership Article Award from Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.
In addition to the President’s Program, we’ll be holding live education programs as well as on-demand presentations available throughout the conference and interest group discussions and committee meetings. You can also attend our first Core Board meeting at an Annual Conference from 5:00pm to 6:00pm CT on Friday, June 25, followed by the Core Happy Hour, 6:00pm to 7:00pm CT.
I think this is so impressive because touching on key points of low-morale, inclusion, and health in the workplace for the professional and the library community at large is vital to effective positive development and better communities. Good luck with the conference, and thank you for sharing!