the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Emily Weak, Bay Area On-Call Librarian
Library, School, or Organization Name: This is an independent presentation
Co-Presenter Name(s): Sarah Naumann, Reference Librarian, Mills College (Former part-time library worker)
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: San Francisco Bay Area, California, US
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Library managers and administrators, on-call librarians, new professionals and students
Short Session Description (one line): Presentation of an exploratory study that describes how different San Francisco Bay Area libraries use on-call workers.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like): On-call librarians, also known as hourly, pool, substitute, and temporary part-time librarians, are those who generally work without permanent schedules and without benefits. This force is flexible and can be deployed as needed, without many of the costs associated with full time employees (benefits, professional development, etc.). There is little current empirical research on how libraries use this type of worker. We will present the results of an exploratory study which aims to describe how libraries in the densely populated San Francisco Bay Area use librarians. How are these pools hired? How are they scheduled? Who are the librarians being employed this way? Ultimately we will discuss implications for best practices in administering librarian pools, and key competencies for pool librarians.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: Working Bibliography on Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/groups/on_call_librarians