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Flexible Work Agreements: Here to Stay but Uneven in Equity and Promoting Success

Publication ,  Journal Article
Kaplan, SJ
Published in: Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
January 1, 2022

Objective – The article seeks to assess the current state and the future of flexible work agreements (FWAs) in research libraries. Design – The authors held semi-structured interviews with 31 individuals in library leadership roles. Setting – Large American or Canadian research libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Subjects – 31 individuals in senior leadership roles (ex: associate dean, director) at the top 50 research libraries in North America (based on the Association of Research Libraries Investment Index). Methods – Interviews were conducted and recorded over Zoom with participant, investigator, and note taker. Investigators developed a quantitative coding instrument based on a selection of the interviews, then coded all interviews independently. Coded data were evaluated for broader themes in a collaborative fashion. Main Results – All participants had employees working partially or fully remotely at the time of the interviews. Half of participants observed gains in productivity during the pandemic, although even more commented on technology challenges. Other positives included remote project success and more inclusive meetings; other negatives included caregiving and job duties that did not allow for remote work. Conclusion – While FWAs were widely available pre-pandemic, they were not normative. The majority of participants think flexible work will only increase in libraries and will influence recruitment and retention of employees, as well as utilization of library space.

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Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

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EISSN

1715-720X

Publication Date

January 1, 2022

Volume

17

Issue

4

Start / End Page

164 / 166

Related Subject Headings

  • 4610 Library and information studies
  • 0807 Library and Information Studies
 

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Kaplan, S. J. (2022). Flexible Work Agreements: Here to Stay but Uneven in Equity and Promoting Success. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 17(4), 164–166. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip30200
Kaplan, S. J. “Flexible Work Agreements: Here to Stay but Uneven in Equity and Promoting Success.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 17, no. 4 (January 1, 2022): 164–66. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip30200.
Kaplan SJ. Flexible Work Agreements: Here to Stay but Uneven in Equity and Promoting Success. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. 2022 Jan 1;17(4):164–6.
Kaplan, S. J. “Flexible Work Agreements: Here to Stay but Uneven in Equity and Promoting Success.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, vol. 17, no. 4, Jan. 2022, pp. 164–66. Scopus, doi:10.18438/eblip30200.
Kaplan SJ. Flexible Work Agreements: Here to Stay but Uneven in Equity and Promoting Success. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. 2022 Jan 1;17(4):164–166.

Published In

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

DOI

EISSN

1715-720X

Publication Date

January 1, 2022

Volume

17

Issue

4

Start / End Page

164 / 166

Related Subject Headings

  • 4610 Library and information studies
  • 0807 Library and Information Studies