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Monday, February 26 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Finding a Better Balance: Personal and Institutional Solutions to the Contemporary Work/Life Crisis in Libraries, Archives, and Museums

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Note: This session will be recorded and made accessible after the conference in the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

This session features four speakers on the topic of establishing family-friendly policies in libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). Despite having a high percentage of female professionals, LAM workplaces have been slow to embrace flexible work schedules and policies that accommodate working parents. While this may be attributable to the place-based nature and service environment of library work, it reflects the larger crisis in the US workplace wherein full-time, linear career trajectories are a frequent mismatch for the non-nuclear, single-parent, and dual-earner households. The speakers, including librarians and work/life policy leaders from outside LAM professions, contextualize this work-life crisis and discuss topics like flexible work schedules, parental leave, infant-friendly work environments, and other factors that would create more inclusive work environments for employees at cultural and educational institutions. The session will also chart the current state of work/life policy in the United States and Canada and introduce practical strategies for employees and supervisors to advocate for more family-friendly work policies. Discussions will consider structural solutions within the workplace that re-align institutional policy and culture with the needs of the contemporary LAM worker.

This session is organized by the Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers SIG.


Jill Luedke

Art & Architecture Librarian, Temple University
Reference & Instruction Library at Temple University. Subject Specialist for Art & Architecture.


Kathleen Christensen

Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Rachael Ellison

Principal, The REworking Group
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Amy Furness

Head, Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

Carla Moquin

President, Parenting in the Workplace Institute

Monday February 26, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy West