This thesis examines how alienation from work process, or work alienation, varies among work area specializations in academic libraries. Rooted in Marxist theory, the study utilizes the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire mapped to specific measures of alienation as a survey tool to measure the relative alienation of library workers at Master’s level universities in the United States. Data collected is analyzed utilizing descriptive statistics, including cross-tabulations. Findings of the study indicate that there is some variation in work alienation among library work classifications and work areas, with higher alienation found for paraprofessionals, administrators, and library workers in multiple areas or roles. The conclusion discusses possible explanations for the results from the sociological and library science occupational literature, including role ambiguity, role overload, and job autonomy.


Paul Prew

Committee Member

Afroza Anwary

Committee Member

Jessica Schomberg

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Master of Arts (MA)


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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