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A Collective Experience

April 7th, 2018 by Erin McAfee

My paper is officially published in College & Research Libraries:

MCAFEE, Erin L.. Shame: The Emotional Basis of Library Anxiety. College & Research Libraries, [S.l.], v. 79, n. 2, p. 237, feb. 2018. ISSN 2150-6701. Available at: <https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16604/18604> or https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.2.237.

I am so happy my affiliation is listed as Rice University. I discovered shame while working in the Fondren Library. It has taken many years for me to deal with the manifestations of unacknowledged shame, but the more shame I find, the better my life gets…

Here is a quote from my paper:

“A severe shame state such as library anxiety is a collective experience. Whether it is through avoidance, contribution, reaction, reputation, or denial, the librarian and library are integrated into the emotional experience of the student. Library anxiety cannot exist without library staff being the imagined “other” of the negative evaluation.”