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Librarian for African American & Black Diaspora Studies - NYU

Location: USA - NY - New York

The New York University Division of Libraries is seeking a liaison Librarian for African American and Black Diaspora Studies. The librarian will 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 identities.

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.


  • 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 serves.
  • Experience with teaching and pedagogy, including knowledge of current and emerging issues, practices, trends, and technologies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility within teaching, learning, and/or research services.
  • 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.

Application instructions:

To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the contact information of three professional references to
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
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by January 28.


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