Library and Information Science

Document Type

SCLA Annual Conference Proceeding


Interpersonal conflicts occur across all relationships at all levels. Unresolved interpersonal conflicts can lead to bullying, which has been under continued exploration in the workplace since the 1990s (Keashly & Neumann, 2010). The longer someone is employed at an institution, the more time they will have to experience interpersonal conflict in their work relationships. This study uses Harvey, Blouin, & Stout’s (2006) Interpersonal Conflict Scale to examine the relationship between duration of employment and the level of interpersonal conflict experienced by South Carolina academic librarians. The results of this study indicate there is a low level of interpersonal conflict experienced in academic libraries in South Carolinaand that conflict is not dependent on the duration of employment at one’s institution.