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Experiences of public library staff of color in routine library work

  • 1.  Experiences of public library staff of color in routine library work

    Posted Jun 03, 2024 02:14 PM
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    Hey, everyone. Hope it's ok if I post this here-feel free to share widely! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. 

    Are you a person of color who works in a public library?

    If so, we want to hear from you! We are currently recruiting participants for phase one of The Public Library Routines Project (PLRP). 

    What's a Routine? Routine work is. . . well . . . routine! These are the things you do regularly, and you do it mostly the same way each time. This might include shelving, processing holds, programming, working the reference desk, assisting patrons with technology, or HR paperwork.

    What's wrong with Routines? While there is nothing inherently wrong with routines, this work might introduce barriers that are particularly problematic for staff of color. As the routine is repeated and becomes more familiar, it can easily hide and "normalize" these barriers.  

    What is PLRP? PLRP is a 3-year IMLS-funded research project that looks at these problematic routines, what library staff do to work around them, and what libraries can do to better support staff efforts.

    What will I do? You will be asked to keep an audio diary of your experiences in routine work and sit for a 45-minute interview. Everything will be done virtually. 

    Will anyone know that I participated? Your participation in this research study is entirely confidential. This means that no one outside of the project team will know that you participated. In published project documents, we will remove your name and any information that could potentially link you to your participation in the study. 

    What do I get out of it? Your participation will inform professional development aimed at improving the working conditions and experiences for other staff of color. All participants who complete the study will receive a $35 gift card. Note that there are no direct benefits to you for participating. 

    What if I change my mind? You are free to leave the study at any point and receive a prorated gift card. 

    I'm interested. What now? Click here to indicate your interest in participating in the study and complete a brief demographics survey. This survey will be used to screen participants and ensure a diverse sample. If you are selected to participate, the next step is a 25-minute virtual meeting with the project team that will further explain your involvement and answer any questions you may have. A member of the project team will contact if you are selected to participate.

    Check out the project website here. For questions, contact the PI, Darin Freeburg (

    Darin Freeburg
    Associate Professor
    University of South Carolina


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