This is a page for the DLF Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries.
Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Read an announcement on the group's formation, by Ruth Tillman.
TO JOIN: please sign up for the Google Group.
As of April, 2017, this group is forming two smaller working groups with two facilitators each, based on themes pulled from member introductions and responses to the initial interest survey (now closed). Join a sub-group by filling out this form.
Contingency and Precarity
Facilitators: Ruth Tillman, Sandy Rodriguez
Topics: Grant-funded & term positions, organizing workers, digitization & labor (including labor of incarcerated workers), labor and digital scholarship, internships, credential creep/credentialism
As part of the Collective Responsibility Labor Forum:
- developing a collective understanding of the experiences of grant-funded digital LAM workers
- constructing best practices, recommendations, and benchmarks appropriate to participating institutions and funders
- finalizing the guidelines for grant-funded positions
- applying for IMLS National Leadership in Libraries forum grant
- conducting a survey on the experiences of grant-funded digital LAM workers
- guideline publication through DLF
- organizing and setting up logistics for communication;
- performing a literature review on contingency and precarity;
- analyzing and sharing readings to determine scope of work;
- drafting guidelines for designing grant-funded positions
- List of readings on contingency and precarity
- First working draft of the guidelines (comment period closed)
- Second working draft of the guidelines (open comment)
Facilitators: Amy Wickner (Melissa Chalmers, on leave)
Topics: Organiz(ed/ing) labor, (in)visibility, maintenance, emotional labor, classification of labor, transitions across categories of labor, worker-centered assessment, hiring and retention practices especially re: members of marginalized communities
- Collaborate on a research agenda for valuing labor in digital libraries (2018)
- Host working conversations to highlight advocacy, research, and skills of relevance to working group members (2019)
- Create a list of groups and campaigns also working on labor issues (2019)
- Research projects (2020)
- To what extent and how are digital LAM workers organized?
- What organizing and advocacy tactics can be effective while minimizing risk for workers?
- What are creative and effective ways to share data about digital LAM labor?
- Research Agenda: Valuing Labor in Digital Libraries (August 2018)
- Related Groups, Initiatives, and Resources: Table / List (November 2019 with ongoing updates)