Friday, June 19, 2020

Articles on Library Labor and Related Industries

Several recent developments in conversations and actions regarding labor in library and related fields have come up in recent weeks, some important stories and articles ULW Blog readers may be interested in are below:

First, Library Journal published an editorial at the beginning of the month by Meredith Schwartz, calling for a national library labor organization: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=Library-Labor-Editorial-covid-19

There have been two recent developments in the publishing industry as well. On the 8th, Vulture published an article on a one day strike by 1,300 publishing sector workers who were protesting systemic racism in the publishing industry: https://www.vulture.com/2020/06/publishing-strike-racism-book-industry.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CYS%20061620&utm_term=BookRiot_CheckYourShelf_DormantSuppress

Also, authors have begun a social media based movement hashtagged #publishingpaidme to highlight disparities between what Black authors are paid compared to non-Black authors. Buzzfeed has more on that story here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomiobaro/publishing-paid-me-twitter-hashtag-black-lives-matter?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CYS%20061620&utm_term=BookRiot_CheckYourShelf_DormantSuppress

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