Vol. 3 No. 1 (2018)

Responding to and reimagining resilience in academic libraries

Jacob Berg
LAC Group, The Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State
Angela Galvan
Brown University
Eamon Tewell
Long Island University Brooklyn

Published 2020-12-21


  • resilience,
  • library workers,
  • change management

How to Cite

Berg, J., Galvan, A., & Tewell, E. (2020). Responding to and reimagining resilience in academic libraries. Journal of New Librarianship, 3(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/4/1


This article briefly introduces library staff to the concept of resilience, beginning with its origins and how it came to academic libraries. The authors posit that the resilience narrative obscures structural issues, particularly those relating to socioeconomic status, and shifts responsibility to library workers who must then overcome barriers to success. The authors challenge the concept of resilience as used in library workplaces, offer potential responses to it from library workers and supervisors, and conclude that applying resilience in and to libraries causes more harm than good.