Librarian for Open Innovation

New York, NY
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Created: March 7, 2022


The Librarian for Open Innovation will work directly with STEM communities and researchers in the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and other programs. The Librarian for Open Innovation will cultivate partnerships and productive relationships with programs and services across the University that have entrepreneurial elements, while bringing a critical social responsibility lens to the development of emerging technologies, innovations, and processes. This position has a particular focus on supporting and building transformative work, leveraging expertise to build programs that promote ethical and social entrepreneurship, technology for the public good, redress of algorithmic bias, openness and transparency of entrepreneurial technologies, responsible data governance, and more. The Librarian for Open Innovation works closely with other Science, Scholarly Communication, Business, and Data Services colleagues and participates in collaborative research projects and initiatives, including sponsored research projects.

As part of the Bern Dibner Library, the Librarian for Open Innovation contributes to the Libraries educational mission by establishing strong relationships with undergraduate through doctoral level students and faculty; providing in-depth information services to both on-campus and online students; and connecting our communities to the services and information seeking tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs throughout the research life cycle. Additionally, this position will have the opportunity to engage with NYU’s active community of entrepreneurs, including organizations and programs such as Convergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NYU Tandon Future Labs, Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Patent Pending Club, NYU Prototyping Fund, and Bern Dibner Library’s Hack Dibner.


Faculty Librarians also explore their own active research agenda, contributing their expertise, experiences, and investigations to build new knowledge in their chosen areas. Librarians have wide latitude in determining their research agendas, and the Librarian for Open Innovation would find themselves well positioned to make substantive contributions to research in a number of areas, including, but not limited to, the design and deployment of scholarship, knowledge, and technology in the public interest; open publishing of scholarly products, data, and software; system-level encoding of bias; 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. The cluster-hire approach offers NYU Libraries a new opportunity 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 link.

This particular position is part of our Building STEM for the Public Good: Cultivating Openness in the Sciences cluster. Bringing together expertise in scientific data discovery, data curation and organization, open-access scholarship, digital preservation, and STEM engagement, this cluster will bring a key set of library and information science perspectives and theoretical underpinnings to heighten the impact of work already occurring across the university in the fields of education, data journalism, information and technology policy, data science, and more. The positions in this cluster build on the goal of libraries centering the public good in technology development, selection, policy, and implementation, not only to facilitate access to a range of technologies, but also to bring a critical lens to their inherent limitations and biases.                     



  • 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.
  • Demonstrated engagement with one or more fields germane to this position, including STEM, medicine, quantitative social science, entrepreneurship, open scholarship, etc. 
  • Two years experience in a library or research setting
  • Experience collaborating across organizational boundaries and managing complex stakeholder groups
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility in innovation and entrepreneurship


  • Experience with research methods (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, geospatial, or interdisciplinary data-driven methods)
  • Fluency with large, public datasets in this domain, and experience crafting pedagogy that invites learners to integrate data into health, social, or policy analysis

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 to Anti-Racism.

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 remote work as appropriate.

Application Instructions
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 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 May 3rd.

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Published: Monday, March 7, 2022 19:14 UTC

Last updated: Monday, March 7, 2022 19:14 UTC