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Anxiety, Coping, Crossover Theory, Empathy, Homesickness, Job Relocation, New Librarianship, Reference, Self-Expectation, Stress, Work Culture


This article describes the different stressors and anxieties that can haunt new librarians. It also addresses the various ways that new librarians can cope with location, emotional and work-related stressors. The article is broken into four different categories of stress; some stressors have been more explored than others. The research is based on an extensive review of the literature and the writer’s own experience as a new librarian.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Services Quarterly in 2014, available online:

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Larrivee, A. (2014). Exploring the Stressors of New Librarians. Public Services Quarterly, 10(1), 1-10.



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