NYU’s Division of Libraries is a place, both physical and virtual, where NYU community members are encouraged to feel connected to the collections, services, and spaces of the Libraries. We strive to make our resources as inclusive, diverse, and accessible as possible to ensure a sense of equity and belonging for all. The Libraries’ core strategic priority is a commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Accessibility (IDBEA) in all that we do. These principles are core parts of the Libraries’ Mission and Values. Our work is guided by a commitment to anti-racism, accessibility, mental health and wellness, and gender equity.
Our work on IDBEA centers on four areas of the Libraries’ work:
Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement
We implement best practices for hiring, onboarding, mentoring, coaching, and promotion, with the goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff.
- NYU Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative
- Implementation of Fellowships and Mentoring Programs
- Creation of the Faculty Search Diversity Liaison role
- New reports on internal mobility and pay equity
- New guidelines for recruitment and onboarding best practices
- Request for Diversity Statements for every faculty hire
The Division of Libraries is committed to prioritizing IDBEA topics in our approach to community engagement by collaborating with partners focused on IDBEA; prioritizing IDBEA in fundraising; highlighting IDBEA in internal and external communications, and by creating accessible spaces, services, and technologies based on universal design principles.
- NYU Reads
- Division of Libraries’ Day(s) of Learning
- Sensory Space
- Creation of relevant roles:
- Accessibility & Accommodation Librarian
- EDI Student Success Librarian
- Community Engagement Librarian and Head of External Engagement
- Artistic Perspectives on the Climate Emergency, Technology and Equity
Research, Scholarship, and Pedagogy
As a library, we focus our research and teaching practices on critical pedagogy; accessibility; inclusive and open metadata principles and policies; and equity in research initiatives.
- Open Educational Resources Faculty Toolkit
- Wikimedians Edit-a-Thons
- Creation of relevant roles:
- Librarian for Open Science
- Librarian for Open Innovation
Collections, Access, and Preservation
We strive to promote open and equitable access to our collections and educational resources; implement collection development policies that prioritize materials by underrepresented groups; and create inclusive metadata to increase discovery of our collections.
- Changing the Subject: Addressing Harmful Subject Headings in The NYU Libraries Catalog (Google Doc)
- A Harmful Language and Content Statement with a harmful language and content feedback form that allows users to report harmful description in our Special Collections
- New accessibility guidelines for web content and meetings (Google Doc)
- Increased scanning and locker pickup services for access to collections