The Great Resignation era: attracting and retaining library talent
IARLA hosted an online event on June 14th, 2022 on the Great Resignation. Over 100 individuals attended from Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. In a wide-ranging discussion, panelists and delegates shared their views and opinions regarding the talent crunch for research libraries, how our institutions can compete within a highly-competitive labor market, and collaborative opportunities to advocate for our sectors as attractive places to work.
Audience members participated both via the discussion and through a series of interactive Mentimeter polls, giving their views and perceptions on the topics discussed. This is a brief summary of the long table discussion among research library leaders and the broader community from across the IARLA membership. We invite you to view the session here and the results of the Mentimeter polls are included below.
Overall consistency stands out among the international community – starting with broad agreement that we are in a time of a great resignation and great retirement, with a different value proposition than before the pandemic.
The value proposition of working in a research library has evolved. The evolution can be stymied by the systems in place in the parent institution, particularly as it relates to human resource policies. For potential hires and existing staff the trade off between compensation, opportunity and stress is less compelling than before. Today, equitable pay and flexibility are imperative. Marketing is more important than ever – reflecting openness to a diverse set of skills, a diverse workforce, flexible workplace options, and an inclusive culture.