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Call for Participation: Survey on Academic Library Work During COVID-19 (Deadline Monday, July 13)

(via Dr. Lori Birrell, University of Arkansas)

Many, if not most, employees in academic libraries transitioned to working remotely for the first time in their careers in March 2020. Understanding that employees have been working remotely within the context of a global pandemic in which many of us juggle childcare, work duties, and possibly family or personal illness, in the midst of economic uncertainty, this survey seeks to understand librarians’ experiences with remote work.

The research questions for this study are: How does working remotely impact communication channels and culture within academic libraries? What sectors of academic librarianship most easily flex to remote work? How does working remotely impact practitioners’ perception of work/life balance? Could the experience of working remotely impact practitioners’ expectations for that kind of flexibility going forward?

This survey contains questions about your experiences and/or feelings about remote work.

All employees working in academic libraries are invited to participate in this study by responding to the survey, linked here. The survey will remain open until Monday, July 13.

Please email Lori Birrell, at lbirrell@uark.edu, or Amy Allen, at ala005@uark.edu, with any questions you may have.

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