LYRASIS Trending Topics - The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries

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10/22/2020 11:00 AM
- 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
LYRASIS Trending Topics - The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries
Live Online $0.00 / $0.00


At university-run digital library shops, there is a growing demand for more cheaply paid labor than ever before. The immense, and perceived, backlog of items waiting for digitization and metadata is now colliding with born-digital materials and scholarly communications scope drift. This daily work is being disproportionately disbursed to part-time MLIS paraprofessionals, graduate students, interns and even volunteers. The tradeoff offered to these powerless groups is ‘professional experience’. While this gives students and paraprofessionals an edge on the job market, our conversation will discuss the financial, emotional, and perceived ‘cost’ of this tradeoff. This session will include live, but anonymized, data collection and active conversation with attendees. Results of the data collection will be published during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Instructor: Megan Oliver

Megan A. Oliver is a three-time graduate of the University of South Florida (Master of Science in Library in Information Science; Bachelor of Arts in English Literature; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology). After graduating from USF in 2011, Megan has worked as the Assistant Librarian at Florida State University’s Ringling Museum and the Digital Collections Curator at State University of New York’s Purchase College. She currently works as the Digital Collections Librarian at University of South Carolina (UofSC) Libraries; an adjunct at the School of Library and Information Science at UofSC; and as an adjunct at the iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarly pursuits include the research areas of digital accessibility, ethics in labor practice, and user experience design.

Academic library: 2 year; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Archives; Historical society / site; Public Library; Special Collections
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