Project Team

Ruth Tillman

Ruth is the founder and a co-facilitator of the Digital Library Federation’s Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums and works as the Cataloging Systems and Linked Data Strategist at the Penn State University Libraries. She has held precarious positions and supported a precarious, academic spouse. Her research and service agendas focus on improving the working experiences of new professionals, from technical onboarding to labor conditions.

Sandy Rodriguez

Sandy is a co-facilitator of the Digital Library Federation’s Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and works as the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and Archives at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. She has held consecutive grant-funded positions for almost 5 years, as a contingent project manager supervising other contingent workers. Her experiences have led her to speak on the challenges of managing grant-funded projects, particularly focused on labor concerns with position design and the role of identity in these contexts.

Amy Wickner

Amy is a co-facilitator of the Digital Library Federation’s Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums, works as the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a PhD student in the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, studying vernacular digital archiving and preservation practices. She entered the library and archives field through a series of contingent and precarious positions, following several years of contingent and precarious work in landscape architecture and adjacent disciplines.

Stacie Williams

Stacie works as the Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago. She formerly managed the digital scholarship program at Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library. She is an advisory archivist for A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland and has worked at Harvard University, the University of Kentucky and the Lexington (Ky.) Public Library. She also has more than a decade of experience as a journalist, writing and editing for progressive and alternative media outlets. Her post-MLS work has largely centered around issues of labor and cultural production, access, and liberatory archives. She serves on the advisory board for the Digital Library Federation and the advisory board for Documenting the Now, which aims to create best practices around sharing social media data.

Emily Drabinski

Emily works as coordinator of library instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She served as secretary of her union during a 2016 faculty lockout, and was elected president of the Long Island University Faculty Federation in 2018. The LIUFF represents both full-time and contingent academic workers. Drabinski has written and presented widely on her experiences organizing librarians and teaching faculty in the context of crisis in higher education