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.

The event is finished.


Oct 08 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm




  • Alexis Juarez
    Alexis Juarez
    Library 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 Barber
    Andrew Barber
    User 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 Gohr
    First 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.