Head of Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media

New York, NY
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Created: October 12, 2022


Head of Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media


NYU Libraries seeks a highly collaborative and innovative librarian to provide strategic leadership for the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media including crafting new services, coordinating collection development and management for media and music, and providing leadership for the Center’s full-time and student staff members. The Center, newly part of the Collections & Content Strategy division, is located in Bobst Library and is the focal point for the access to and use of the Libraries' extensive video, audio, and music collections. The Center administers media viewing, exhibit, and multimedia performance spaces and provides access to Center’s collections via various physical and digital services. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections and Content Strategy, the Head of Avery Fisher Center will work closely with the Head of Collection Development and the Head of Access Services to develop film and music collections and a broad suite of physical and digital services to support teaching, learning, and research. This librarian will seek opportunities for collaboration with other NYU Libraries teams, partner libraries, consortia, and grant-funding agencies to enhance collaborative collection development, preservation, infrastructure, community engagement, and expand access to the Center’s video and music collections. 


This position is a Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty position (non-tenure track).


Primary responsibilities include

  • Lead development of innovative media services, strategies, and policies to improve user access and accessibility to the Avery Fisher Center music and media collections for the NYU community and beyond.

  • Direct  the Center’s departmental budget, staffing, and progress on goals. Directly supervise 2-3 managers; indirectly supervise 3 full-time staff and 8 student workers.  

  • Set strategy for collecting physical and digital music and video. 

  • Negotiate license and purchase agreements with vendors.

  • Collaborate broadly across the Division of Libraries to support programming and exhibits in the AFC  and promote awareness of media services and collections. 

  • Foster the professional growth and involvement of departmental staff in library initiatives.

  • Represent the Division of Libraries in professional organizations and consortia.




  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.

  • Supervision and/or project management experience.

  • Experience managing library collections.

  • Knowledge of trends and issues in library media or access services, including circulation, digital. reserves, streaming media, or other relevant areas.

  • Proven dedication to values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility.


  • Subject area expertise (music/film).

  • Active participation in professional and scholarly organizations.

  • Change management experience or interest in working through organizational change.

  • Experience with collection development activities. 

  • Experience with licensing, negotiation, copyright, or e-resource management

  • Grant-writing experience.

About the Avery Fisher Center

The Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media is the focal point for the access to and use of NYU Libraries' film, audio, and music collections. The Center, located on Floor 7 of Bobst Library, includes an extensive collection of classic and contemporary feature films from the U.S. and around the world, as well as TV series, stage and concert performances, documentaries, and art films; and an audio collection international in scope, offering an in-depth representation of music both contemporary and historical from the widest spectrum of classical, traditional, and popular artists. The Center administers media viewing, exhibit and performance spaces, and a service desk, and supports the use of media collections for teaching and learning via various physical and digital services.  The Center is staffed by 6 full-time staff members and 5-8 student staff. 


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 Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Accessibility (IDBEA), 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. 

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 http://apply.interfolio.com/110706. 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 November 3, 2022.

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Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 21:35 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 21:35 UTC