The New York University Division of Libraries is seeking a
liaison librarian to develop and deliver library programs and
services for NYU students, scholars, researchers, and artists who
situate their work in African American and Black Diaspora Studies.
This position would support related academic programs across NYU,
including the Institute of African American Affairs, Center for
Black Visual Culture, Center for the Study of Africa and the
African Diaspora, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies,
Department of History, and more; and help to build and sustain a
local intellectual community centered on Black diasporic histories,
political and cultural movements, institutions, economies, and
In this tenure track position, the Librarian for African
American and Black Diaspora Studies will lead efforts to connect
with scholarly communities at NYU by defining and delivering an
integrated program of outreach, consultation, collections, and
support for research and scholarship through an anti-racist lens.
As part of that program, they will develop distinctive,
interdisciplinary, multi-format, and intersectional library
collections that serve the unique and wide-ranging needs of our
students, artists, scholars, and researchers both locally and
nationally. They will support the curriculum and create innovative
services that advance teaching, learning, and research practices
that encompass new research methods and modes of inquiry. They will
collaborate with groups across NYU to deliver programming that
builds community and prioritizes the needs of underrepresented
communities. To best support this local mission, they will also
engage and coordinate with the national and international community
of Africana and Black Studies librarians. The position is part of
the liaison program in the Research & Research Services
subdivision within the Libraries, where the candidate will have the
opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of
colleagues in pursuit of the above work.
Faculty librarians also pursue their own active research
agendas, contributing their expertise, experiences, and
investigations to build new knowledge in their chosen areas. This
position has wide latitude in determining their research agenda and
is well positioned to conduct research at the intersection of
African American and Black Diaspora Studies, information science,
and anti-racist library practices, including, but not limited to,
trail-blazing the incorporation of anti-racism into research
practice and materials, decentering whiteness in primary and
secondary research, challenging the persistence of bias and racism
within systems of scholarly communication and information systems,
and much more.
NYU Cluster Hiring Initiative
NYU Libraries is participating in the
NYU Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative to recruit, welcome, and
support new library faculty working across the Division on timely
themes of social importance, such as Inequality and Anti-racism,
Population Health and Health Equity, Open Science and the Public
Good, and Urban Environments and Politics. NYU Libraries will use
the cluster-hire approach to address our goal of building a more
diverse faculty community in a concerted way, with the full weight
of the University’s recruitment and retention toolkit. It also
allows us to mobilize our internal resources, including onboarding,
cohort mentoring, and measures to protect time for research and
service, and bring them to bear to ensure the success of new hires.
For full details about the Libraries cluster hiring initiative, see
This particular position is part of our Centering
Underrepresented Voices: Anti-Racist Practices in Libraries and
Archives cluster. The positions in the cluster are
strategically placed in three core areas of librarianship:
collections and subject expertise, description and discovery, and
engagement and outreach. The cluster will center underrepresented
communities' voices by bringing in new collections of African
American and Black Diaspora Studies materials in all formats,
creating anti-racist descriptive and metadata practices to support
the discovery an use of these collections, and promulgating
engagement and research services that draw on and support the
growth of new knowledge. By approaching collections curation,
description, and research support through a lens of inclusion,
diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility (IDBEA), we create
a set of interlocking and cohesive supports that enrich the
scholarly lives of our communities.
- Minimum one graduate degree (master’s level or higher),
conferred by start date, for consideration. A second graduate
degree will be required to be eligible for tenure. One of the two
graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
- Substantive experience in one or more areas of study germane to
this position, such as Africana, African Diaspora, African
American, or Black Studies.
- Experience or strong interest in the role and mission of
academic libraries, including providing researcher support,
building research collections, and creating programming that
furthers the mission of the Library and the communities it
- Experience with teaching and pedagogy, including knowledge of
current and emerging issues, practices, trends, and
- Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity,
belonging, and accessibility within teaching, learning, and/or
- Comfort operating in a virtual environment with standard tools
(e.g., Zoom, Meet, Teams).
- ALA accredited MLS/MLIS.
- Familiarity with Black diasporic languages, such as Haitian
Creole, French, Portuguese, or Spanish.
- Experience working across organizational boundaries and
managing complex stakeholder groups to move projects forward.
- Experience with teaching and pedagogy that support critical
pedagogy, antiracist, and/or inclusive teaching and learning in
academic libraries and/or university environments.
About NYU Libraries
The Division of
Libraries values diversity among its faculty, is committed to
building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly
encourages applications from members of underrepresented
communities. We are proud of our organizational culture and are
committed to building and sustaining a diverse,
inclusive, and equitable organization that supports a sense
of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more
information regarding the Libraries’ commitment to IDBE, see the
Libraries’ Mission & Values
Statement, our Diversity
and Inclusion Values Statement, and our Commitment
Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive
benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary
commensurate with experience and background. Faculty at NYU,
including in the Division of Libraries, have always enjoyed
relative flexibility in their work, allowing for moments of remote
work as appropriate.
We would love to
hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter
of application, including the contact information of three
professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/99379 NYU
Division of Libraries requires all candidates for this position to
supply a statement demonstrating their dedication to inclusion,
diversity, equity, and belonging as part of their application.
Access the Diversity Statement prompt here https://nyu.box.com/v/diversity-statement
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Preference will be given to applications received by February