Librarianship is an overwhelmingly (87%) white profession. The diversity of NYU’s Division of Libraries’ professional librarians (29.5% non-white) and library faculty (25.4% non-white) is slightly higher than the diversity of our profession as a whole. These increases in diversity have been small, particularly at the senior leader, management, and faculty librarian positions. We are committed not only to recruiting a more diverse workforce but also to the retention of our faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and to creating an environment in which faculty and staff with diverse sociocultural identities, perspectives, life and academic experiences can flourish and advance.
We participate in a number of NYU and profession-wide diversity recruiting efforts, including the NYU Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative, the NYU Provostial Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the Association for Research Libraries Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, and the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. We also offer or participate in a wide range of programs that focus on diversity and inclusion—from Diversity and Inclusion Education Programming in partnership with NYU Steinhardt’s Metro Center for Equity and Transformation of Schools to NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion’s Inclusion Leadership Management Institute—that demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism. The NYU Libraries have a reputation for being a leader in diversity and inclusion work in research libraries. We would like to build on that reputation by creating internship and scholarship opportunities:
Pathways for NYU Undergraduate Students
Our goal is to fund internships for three to five undergraduate students per year who are interested in learning about pursuing work in libraries, archives, cultural heritage institutions, or digital information technology settings. These students, reflecting diverse sociocultural identities, perspectives, and lived and academic experiences, would pursue a structured curriculum of project-based learning in Social Collections, Bobst Library, Dibner Library, Data Services, Preservation, and Digital Scholarship, among other areas.
Pathways for NYC Library School Graduate Students
Professional and faculty librarians are typically required to hold a Master’s in Information and Library Science (MLIS), a degree not offered at NYU but offered at a variety of schools in the NYC area and online. Most MLIS programs require that students engage in some form of practicum-based learning in the form of graduate internships. Our goal is to fund internships at our libraries each year for three to five MLIS students from diverse sociocultural identities and perspectives, whose life experience and academic experience will contribute to academic excellence within the field.
Pathways for NYU Division of Libraries Paraprofessional Staff (Post-Baccalaureate)
Paraprofessionals, those who work in libraries without library degrees, are predominantly people of color. We will offer a named scholarship for an NYU Libraries’ paraprofessional individual reflecting diverse sociocultural identities, perspectives, and experiences pursuing an MLIS. The vision for this named scholarship will allow these employees to receive full tuition remission during their matriculation while remaining employed at NYU.
Pathways for Publishing Professionals
We will provide a semester-long or year-long internship at the NYU Press for NYU undergraduates or graduate students from diverse sociocultural identities, perspectives, and experiences interested in a career in publishing.