Resources for Displaced Archival Workers

We are collecting links to resources that may be useful to U.S.-based archival workers navigating rapidly changing conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have a link relating to archival labor, mutual aid, remote work, or access to unemployment benefits and other supports to share, please email Thank you.

Please see our complete resource list.

Federal Advisories

Federal Student Loan Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents information about unemployment benefits 

Labor and Employment

Archive Staff Impact During COVID-19 (spreadsheet tracking layoffs, furloughs, hour reductions in U.S. repositories — consider adding your data)

COVID-19 Labor and Employment Resources (crowdsourced guide, not archives specific)

DLF Labor Resources (DLF Labor Working Group wiki of groups and campaigns working on labor issues in and adjacent to libraries, archives, and museums)

Organizing in a Pandemic: Labor Notes Resources (strikes, demands, and general tips)

INALJ Non-Library Jobs and Advice on How to Get One (“These interviews aim to be an introduction to transferable skillsets as well as resources for those looking for work in [other] fields.”)


Sample Letters to Landlords (for folks unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 crisis)

COVID-19 Eviction Moratoria by State, Commonwealth and Territory (spreadsheet documenting actions across the U.S.)

Mutual Aid

Help a Library Worker Out Fund (grants up to $250, organized by EveryLibrary Institute)