Contingent Archival Workers and COVID-19
As libraries and archives in the United States and Canada respond to the spread of COVID-19 and take steps to reduce the impact of the epidemic and prevent transmission of the virus, many institutions are closing, reducing hours, or requiring staff to work from home.

In a field that relies on a significant pool of contingent labor to provide public services and manage collections, disparities in workplace status and access to employer-sponsored benefits are highlighted in the potential disruption to workers in temporary, hourly, part-time, contract, and/or term-limited roles.

We are group of archivists organizing to provide support to our colleagues in this uncertain time.

If you are a #displacedarchivist — if you are furloughed, working remotely, working reduced hours, or otherwise no longer working within your institution — or if you are concerned about the effect of COVID-19 on your workplace status, income, or access to sick time and family leave time, we would like to hear from you.

This survey is anonymous. You do not have to identify or provide identifying information. Responses gathered through this survey will be used solely for the purpose of scoping and creating a fund, the Archives Workers Emergency Fund, to help support contingent archival workers who may be affected by COVID-19.

Thank you. Please contact Jessica Chapel or Lydia Tang if you have questions or would like to learn more:

Please note: The survey has been edited to include our Canadian colleagues and now includes a question asking respondents to indicate their country of residence.
Are you primarily employed in a contingent archival position? (Contingent defined as temporary, freelance, contract, hourly, part-time, less than half-time, unbenefited, and/or term-limited.)
Has your workplace status changed as a result of your primary employer's response to COVID-19? (For example, instituting remote work.)
Are you able to work remotely for your primary employer?
If you are able to work remotely for your primary employer, please describe how you were, or were not, included in the planning for remote work.
Your answer
Has your primary employer provided guidance to contingent workers on guaranteed pay, sick time, employer-sponsored benefits, unemployment insurance, or other supports in response to COVID-19?
Are you concerned about the potential loss of work or income, or about having limited sick time or family leave time, during the COVID-19 crisis?
Do you have other comments about your experience, concerns about your workplace status during the COVID-19 crisis, or feedback for the organizing group that you would like to share?
Your answer
Would you like to be involved in organizing AWEF? If yes, please enter your email address. Your email address will only be used to send a Google Group invite for the organizing group and will not be retained or shared.
Your answer
Please select your country of residence.
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