We Are NOT Okay: Library Worker Trauma Before and During COVID-19 and What Happens After

Tweet from @woodsfern: "Indeed. Over 3000 people registered. *3000* library workers showed up to talk about workplace trauma, vocational awe (citing  @Fobettarh ) possible solutions and better support systems. Thankful for the overflow YouTube live stream.  We may not be okay, but we aren’t alone."On February 9, 2022, we held an hour long webinar on library worker trauma. We had over 3,000 people sign up for it and many more have watched the recording. Viewers contacted us with some feedback that ranged from inspiring to heartbreaking. For us, 3,000 was a huge registration number, and we were extremely surprised and overwhelmed at the response to it by the library community. 

This webinar for ALL library workers — frontline staff, managers, and library directors — served as a convening to discuss the impact trauma has on library staff, work toward addressing the necessary systemic change and need for a cultural shift, and explore potential individual, organizational, and industry response strategies. 

Moderator: Veronda Pitchford, Assistant Director, Califa.


  • Leah Esguerra, Social Worker Supervisor, San Francisco Public Library
  • Michelle Jeske, City Librarian, Denver Public Library
  • Andrea Lemoins, Outreach Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Christian Zabriskie, Library Director, Onondaga County Public Libraries.

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