Frequently asked questions about our working conditions

The terms and conditions of employment for professional librarians and archivists at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo) are outlined within campus policies, procedures, and guidelines, and the Librarians' and Archivists' Employment Handbook (the Handbook). Our working conditions are unique when compared to those of our colleagues at other Canadian universities, which often leads to persistent misconceptions about the experiences of our members. It was published following the outcome of a vote in March 2021 about seeking affiliation with the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW).

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) were prepared by the Librarians' and Archivists' Association of the University of Waterloo (LAAUW) to provide an honest overview of our work environment and to clarify some of the more common points of confusion. The intended audience includes current professional staff members, potential employees, and colleagues at other academic institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

In all cases below “you” refers to Librarians and Archivists working at Waterloo.

If you have more questions, feel free to reach out the LAAUW Executive.