IMLS grant co-awarded to University Libraries

UMKC University Libraries is proud to join Penn State University Libraries in a collaborative grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants program. The grant, titled “Collective Responsibility: National Forum on Labor Practices for Grant-Funded Digital Positions,” will explore labor issues with grant-funded digital laborers in the libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) communities and develop ethical labor practices for grant-funded positions. The project will be co-led by Sandy Rodriguez, Head of Digital Archives & Stewardship at UMKC University Libraries and Ruth Kitchin Tillman, Cataloging Systems and Linked Data Strategist at Penn State University Libraries, over the next 18 months. The awarded funds ($99,429) will enable the collaborative team to host two meetings between grant funding agency representatives, library administrators, and current or recently contingent grant-funded digital laborers.

"Having been in a grant-funded position at UMKC, I understand first-hand the silencing effect that contingency can have," said Rodriguez. "These experiences have fueled my interest and research in labor practices, and I'm excited to be engaged in a project that will bring the necessary agents together in open dialogue. By focusing on the perspectives of the laborer, we hope to effect meaningful systemic change toward a more sustainable digital infrastructure."

Read more about the project here.

Posted: October 03, 2018

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