ICYMI: I&A’S Temp Labor Survey (Issues & Advocacy Section blog)

Some of you may remember that I&A launched a survey earlier this year to gather preliminary data about the state of temporary labor in archives. We intended for this data to gird conversations about archival labor and to serve as one piece of a series of ongoing labor advocacy efforts across LAM professions.

Not surprisingly, many of the results supported current assumptions- archivists in precarious positions are for the most part anxious, stressed, and actively looking for work, even while temporarily employed. Academic libraries create the most temp positions, and interestingly, funding for temp positions, over half of the time, comes from the institution itself, not grant funding. What this means is that that the widespread perception of temp labor being caused by overreliance on grant funding is patently false.  

Read the post in its entirety here.