The Erased Labor of Digital Libraries (Lyrasis)
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.
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