LIBRARIANS’ PERCEPTION AND MANAGEMENT TOWARDS WORK-RELATED STRESSORS
Louie M. Fernandez
PIMSAT Colleges, Inc. Email address: fernande[email protected]hoo.com Abstract
The workplace is one of the most important settings affecting the physical, economic, and social well-being of librarians. A healthpromoting workplace can ensure a flexible and dynamic balance towards librarian’s well-being and productivity.
Thus, this descriptive study used a 5-point Likert scale to determine two factors, namely the level of seriousness of librarians’ workrelated stressors and how that affects their job performances, among the 50 public and 49 private academic librarians in Region 1, Philippines. A survey questionnaire was administered to the librarians who were selected through purposive sampling; frequency count and percentage for the demographic profile (n=99); AWM to determine the two factors; Spearman’s rho correlation to test the relationship of the two factors between the public and private academic librarians.
Findings reveal that majority of the respondents are in middle adulthood (41.67%), females (92%), married (55.95), Roman Catholic (86.9%), holding the position of college librarian (96.43%). BLIS graduates (69.05%), and ranging from 6-10 years length of service (27.14%). Results reveal that the respondents’ perceived the level of seriousness of stress: the effects of work-related stressors as slightly serious (AWM=2.42) and moderately seroius (AWM=2.68). Furthermore, results reveal the level of seriousness and the effects of work-related stressors as moderately correlated with Rs=0.52 and Rs=0.61, respectively. Results also reveal that the respondents’ profile and the level of seriousness and the effects of work-related stressors is highly correlated (p=.65<.75). In light of the study, recommendations are hereby advanced: (1) To conduct a national survey to accurately assess the stressors and its effects among the librarians throughout the country; (2) to serve as basis for the higher institutions in making their developmental plans and strategic planning/ organizational strategies; (3) also, as basis for intervention measures in building capacities among librarians in Region 1 (continuing professional development).
Keywords: work-related stress; academic librarians; librarians