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(arranged by periodical title, then book title)

Includes resources on library-related ergonomics, general ergonomics, RSI, and safe computing, neck and back pain, eyestrain, wrist pain, stretching, and workstation selection. 


Mansfield, Judith A. & Armstrong, Thomas J. Library of Congress Work Place Ergonomics Program. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal v.58, n2 (February 1997):138-144. Discusses an ergonomics program for controlling the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and improving worker comfort and efficiency at the Library of Congress.

DeLong, Suzanne. Don't Stick Your Neck Out, Librarian. American Libraries v.26, n7 (July/August 1995):694-695. Written by a physical therapist and librarian, describes a frequently seen forward-head posture common to librarians and library work.

Thibodeau, Patricia.L. & Melamut, S. J. Ergonomics in the Electronic Library. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association v.83, n3 (July 1995):322-329. Advocates the prevention of common ergonomic problems by considering basic ergonomic issues when designing or redesigning workstations and work areas.

Switzer, Teri R. Ergonomics: an Ounce of Prevention C & RL News v.56, n5 (May 1995):314-317. Provides a six step model to developing a cost-effective ergonomics program.

Thorton, Joyce K. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in ARL Libraries. College & Research Libraries v.58, n1 (January 1997):9-18. Reports the results of a survey of ARL Libraries on the incidence of CTS and what measures the libraries are taking to cope with this pervasive disorder.

Atencio, Rosemarie. Eyestrain: the Number One Complaint of Computer Users. Computers in Libraries v.16, n8 (September 1996):40-43. Discusses primary reasons for eyestrain: glare, excessive lighting, improper ergonomics, poor quality VDT's, uncorrected or improperly corrected vision and insufficient eye care. Includes bibliography on vision care.

Balas, Janet. Making Libraries Comfortable (ergonomics). Computers in Libraries v.17, n8, (September 1997): 49-51.   Advises that librarians become more familiar with ergonomics as computers are placed in areas that were once the province of books and writing materials. Lists sources of ergonomic information.

Balas, Janet. Library Ergonomics: Serving Special Needs. Computers in Libraries v.16, n8 (September 1996):32-34. Provides Internet resources about ergonomics and the disabled.

Butler, Sharon J.  Common-Sense Ergonomics (or, what you don't do can hurt you!) Computers in Libraries v.17, n8 (September 1997):35-38.   Provides common sense solutions to the ergonomics problem in the workplace.

Chao SYJ, Chang C, Chiang B.  Planning and implementing a library ergonomics program: case study at Queens College Library, the City University of New York.  Electronic Library v.19, n5 (2001): 327-341.

Chao, Sheau-yueh J.   Library ergonomics in literature: a selected annotated bibliography  Collection Building v.20, no. 4 (2001): 165-176.

Ergonomics Programs and Activities in Research Libraries.  Library Resources & Technical Services v.40, n1 (January 1996):84-92. Results of a survey of library ergonomics programs and activities, along with a overview of trends and ideas for addressing ergonomic issues.

Summer, Susan Cook. Ergonomics Programs and Activitie s in Research Libraries. Library    Resources & Technical Services v.40, n1 (January 1996):84-92. Results of a survey of library ergonomics programs and activities, along with a overview of trends and ideas for addressing ergonomic issues.

Boss, Richard W. Ergonomics for libraries.  Library Technology Reports v37, n6 (Nov-Dec 2001)1-65. How to plan a library for patron and staff use, from workstation height and size to different types of lighting needed in different areas.

Wright, Carol Wright and Friend, Linda. Ergonomics for Online Searching. Online v.16, n3 (May 1992):13-27. Covers benchmarks recommended from health, human factors and industry guidelines and standards. Includes list of additional readings and organizations to contact.

Sturgeon, Julie. Bits, Bytes, and Backaches. School Planning and Management v38, n11 (November 1999): 40-43.

de Stricker, U. Carpal Tunnel and Me: Ergonomic Advice the Hard Way. Searcher v.5, n9 (October 1997):8,10. Describes the personal experiences of an information professional who developed carpal tunnel syndrome.

Chadbourne, Robert D. Ergonomics and the Electronic Workplace. Wilson Library Bulletin v.69, n5 (January 1995):24-27. Examines the need to engineer an ergonomic workplace, train workers to use it, and enforce workplace rules.


"Prevention by Profession: Grocery Store Clerks, Assembly Line Packers, Catalog Order Fulfillers and Librarians" , p. 41. IN: Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Repetitive Strain Injuries by Sharon Butler. New Harbinger Pub., 1996. 160 pages. ISBN 1-57224-039-3 $17.95.

GENERAL Articles:

Ergonomics for the "Virtual Office."  Managing Office Technology  v.42, n10 (October 1997): 22-25.   Addresses the ergonomic issues for employees who do not have fixed workplaces and rely on laptops and hotel hookups.

Tessler, Franklin N. Safer Computing: How to Stay Healthy While Working on Your Mac. Macworld v.11, n12 (Dec 1994): 96-104. A guide to preventing injuries is presented, along with information about types and causes of injuries and where to get help. Not just for Mac users.

Kearny, Lynn Smith, Phyl. Creating Workplaces Where People Can Think: Cognitive ErgonomicsPerformance Improvement  v38, n1 (January 1999): 10-15.  

Wolkomir, Richard. When the Work You Do Ends Up Costing You an Arm and a Leg. (Repetitive Strain Injury) Smithsonian v.25, n3 (June 1994):90-101. Overview of the incidence and costs of RSI. Highlights the efforts of specialists, including Dr. Emil Pascarelli.


Applied Workplace Ergonomics Manual, 2001. 336 pages. $129.00 available from This frequently revised manual that provides chapters on lifting, pushing, carrying, anthropometry, standards and guidelines, ergonomics program development, and office ergonomics. 

Comfort at Your Computer: Body Awareness Training for Pain-Free Computing, 2nd ed. by Paul Linden. North Atlantic Books, 2000. 313 pages ISBN: 1556433220 $14.95  Practical book of simple, easy exercises for preventing physical and mental stress at the computer. Shows  how to achieve proper sitting posture and correct breathing for pain-free computing.

Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities, 3rd ed. by Alliance for Technology Access. Hunter House, 2000. 384 pages ISBN:  0897933001
$20.95 Veritable clearinghouse for the different technologies available and their applicability to the lives and tasks of people with various disabilities.

CRS Computer-Related Syndrome:  the Prevention and Treatment of Computer-Related Injuries by Richard D. Smith.  Prometheus Books, c1997. 146 pages. ISBN 1-57392-145-9 $15.95. Complete with many valuable illustrations, this book, co-authored by an experienced joint specialist and a physical therapist, identifies early warning signs, explains how to best arrange workstations, and provides both preventive and therapeutic exercises, enabling you to 'train' for the time you spend in front of the computer like an athlete preparing for the field, thereby reducing the risk of serious injury.

ErgAerobics:  Why does Working @  my Computer Hurt So Much?  by Perry Bonomo and Daniel Seidler.  ErgAerobics, Inc., c1998.  123 pages. ISBN: 0966409000 $14.95 Explains CIRSIs (Computer Induced Repetitive Stress Injuries) and provides treatment and prevention options. Written by physical therapists in a light and entertaining manner. 

Ergonomic Living: How to Create a User-Friendly Home & Office by Gordon Inkeles & Iris Schencke, Fireside (Simon & Schuster), 1994. 191 pages ISBN 0-02-093081-X $16.00 A cornucopia of ideas for creating a safer, more comfortable and effective home and office.

Ergonomic PC: Creating a Healthy Computing Environment by Baird Peterson & Richard Patten, TAB Books, 1995. 320 pages ISBN 0-07-049664-1 $27.95 Practical and issues-oriented, this guide details how to create a safer work environment, from selecting the best monitor, furniture, input devices, and software and how to protect yourself from noise, eyestrain, and radiation. Also provides important advice on worker's compensation and legal action.

* Repetitive Strain Injury by Emil Pascarelli, M.D. & Deborah Quilter. John Wiley & Sons, 1994. 234 pages ISBN 0-471-59533-0 $14.95.   Dr. Pascarelli has been actively involved in the treatment of work-related computer injuries for many years, and incorporates workstation analysis into all of his treatment programs. A very comprehensive overview of the topic from injury descriptions to workstation adjustment to office culture. An essential resource for any library.

Repetitive Strain Injury Handbook: An 8-Step Recovery and Prevention
by Robert M. Simon and Ruth Aleskovsky.  Owl Books, 2000.  244 pages. ISBN: 080505930X $15.00. Written by a physiatrist specializing in rehabilitative medicine and a sign language interpreter who developed a repetitive strain injury (RSI), it provides nutrition advice, an exercise program, breathing tips, traditional and alternative pain management suggestions, and a holistic maintenance plan for long-term health. There is also a special section of information on women and RSI, since pregnancy, PMS, osteoporosis, mastectomy, and menopause can all aggravate this condition.

Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book
by Deborah Quilter. Walker and Co., 1998. 240 pages    ISBN: 0802775144 $14.95. Provide conventional and "complementary" treatment options, techniques to minimize the risk of further injury, tips for dealing with the emotional effects of RSI, and personal stories of rehabilitation.

Sitting on the Job, 2nd ed. by Scott W. Donkin, D.C. Basic Health, 2002. 144 pages ISBN 159120013X $14.95 Written by a chiropractor who provides a detailed understanding of the influence of extended sitting on the body. Includes discussions of work space, common physical complaints, stress, and sleep.


Dvorak, John C. Mouse Shoulder: a New Ailment. PC Magazine v.13, n21 (Dec 6, 1994):93. Presents anecdotes and general discussion of ergonomics and ergonomic products. Discusses "mouse shoulder," a condition resembling bursitis caused from stretching one's arm too much and moving a mouse in a tight precise pattern.

Marshall, Steve. Oh, my aching back! Occupational Health & Safety v. 71, n 6 (June 2002):118-121. 


Pain in the Neck:  the Latest Information on the Causes, Therapies & Prevention by Arthur Winter. WiseGuide, 1997. 96 pages. ISBN 0-965-9599-02 $11.95. Provides easy-to-understand information on a variety of neck-related problems, including guide providing information on head turning pain, stiff neck and torticollis, shoulder and arm pain, and numbness or tingling in the hands.

What to Do for a Pain in the Neck: The Complete Program for Neck Pain Relief by Jerome Schofferman, MD. Fireside, 2001. 304 pages. ISBN: 068487394X $14.00. A consumer guide written by a physician which not only discusses prevention and treatment of neck pain, but provides a broad range of treatments and therapeutic measures. 



Seymour, Jim. Your Eyes Come First (Preventing Eyestrain and Other Problems Caused by Monitors). PC Magazine v.14, n18 (October 24, 1995):93-94. Defines the physiological phenomenon of "resting point of accommodation" and discusses the use of special computer glasses.


Computers and Visual Stress: Staying Healthy by Edward C. Godnig, O.D. & John S. Hacunda. Seacoast Information Services (401) 364-9916, 1991.136 pages ISBN 1-55755-128-6 $12.95 Reviews the physiology of the eye, dynamics and features of visual display screens, environmental factors like glare, room temperature, color, lighting, etc. Includes eye training exercises and resources for additional information.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Repetitive Stress Injuries: the Comprehensive Guide to Prevention, Treatment & Recovery by Tammy Crouch. Frog, Ltd., 1996. ISBN: 1-883319-50-1 $14.95. Warns against surgery in favor of alternative treatments. Covers obtaining an accurate diagnosis, choosing a health care practitioner, and describes exercises and prevention strategies. Also includes a repetitive strain injury checklist and excerpts from patient discussions.

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries by Sharon J. Butler. Advanced Press, (800) 909-9795, 1995. 160 pages ISBN 1-886867-02-X $18.95 Presents an "alternative" approach following a treatment regime based on a myofascial view of the body. Offers an array of stretches and exercises for the self-treatment of repetitive strain injuries.

End Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Without Surgery: a Daily Program to Prevent & Treat Carpal Tunnel by Kate Montgomery. Rutledge Hill Press, 1998. 192 pages ISBN: 1-55853-591-8 $14.95. The Montgomery 12-Step Method shows how it is possible to treat CTS in just ten minutes a day. There is also an audiocassette by Kate Montgomery entitled Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: the Invisible Threat, Staywell Pub., 1993. ISBN: 188-688034 $10.95.

Preventing Computer Injury: the Hand Book by Stephanie Brown. Ergonome, (212) 222-9600, 1993. 100 pages ISBN 1-884388-01-9 $19.95 Written by an accomplished concert pianist, this unique book concentrates on techniques for using the traditional, flat keyboard safely. Focuses on postures and habits used at the keyboard that can be adjusted through learning specific do's and don'ts of hand use.


Stretching: 20th Anniversary by Bob Anderson.  Shelter Publications, 2000. 223 pages.   ISBN: 0-936070-22-6. $14.95. A classic with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. 


Installing an ergonomically correct desk or workstation or reconfiguring the one you have can make you more efficient and help prevent injuries. Plus tests of 30 pieces of computer furniture. Consumer Reports (September 2001): 24-26. 

Rundquist, Kristina.  Sitting Down on the Job: How to Do It Right (ergonomic office chairs). Managing Office Technology v. 42, n9 (September 1997):36-39. Recommends hiring a professional ergonomist or establishing a committee composed of a cross-section of employees. Tips for selecting ergonomic chairs are offered.

Wheeler, Brooke C. Ergonomic Mac (setting up a workstation for comfort, avoiding injury). MacUser v.13, n5 (May 1997):87-90.  Advise for setting up a workstation.

We hope you've found this useful but want to disclaim any medical expertise and emphasize that our compilation of information is not intended to substitute for seeing your doctor.

Please be careful out there. 

Ergolib is dedicated to the memory of Pat Flowers.  The information was compiled by Pat Flowers and Vicki Bloom,  both experienced RSI patients.  Pat Flowers had a broad knowledge of ergonomic issues, was a member of the SOREHAND listserv, and worked as a reference librarian at the Rivera Library, University of California, Riverside.  Vicki Bloom is Head of Reference at Rivera Library and a former science and medical librarian. 

Revised:  July 29, 2002 (vb) 

Last modified: 11/6/2006 3:38 PM by by D. Morita

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