Acknowledging Student Labor in Libraries
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the authors used phenomenological research methods to conduct surveys and interviews of student workers at an academic library. We intend to present the full results of these surveys with transcripts from interviews with student workers in order to elevate the voices of student employees to build a more equitable and diverse workplace. We conclude with suggestions from student workers regarding ways to incorporate students in the decision making structure of the library as we move forward out of the pandemic.
Alexis JuarezLibrary Assistant, Phoenix Public Library
Alexis is a 2020 Arizona State University graduate with a degree in Urban Planning and minors in Global/Design Studies. She worked as a Student Ambassador for the ASU Library and now works for the Phoenix Public Library as a Library Assistant with the College Depot. She will be starting at the University of Arizona’s LIS masters program in the fall.
Andrew BarberUser Services Supervisor, Arizona State University
Andrew supervises library student workers at Arizona State University and is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Arizona.
Michelle GohrFirst Year Experience Librarian, Arizona State University
Michelle Ashley Gohr (they/she) is a First Year Experience Librarian with Arizona State University where she teaches information literacy to first year students and provides research assistance to students and faculty in women and gender studies, social justice/human rights, and other subject areas.