Academic Librarians’ Perceptions of Productivity While Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Rodarte, A., & Moore, A. (2022). Academic Librarians’ Perceptions of Productivity While Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Librarianship, 7(2), 4–29.
Received 2022-02-28
Accepted 2022-10-11
Published 2022-12-15


This research study assessed academic librarians’ perceptions of productivity while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information was collected via an online survey that was sent out to several Association of College and Research Libraries listservs. Participants were academic librarians who work at large colleges and universities (FTE is greater than 15,000 students). Librarianship is a practice done mostly onsite, and with the sudden transition to remote work, academic librarians were forced to adapt to an unknown work environment with less access to the direct support of supervisors. This research demonstrates that the majority of academic librarians perceived themselves to be highly productive, and generally satisfied with their jobs, while working from home.


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