Division of Libraries
New Faculty 2021-2022
New York University Libraries advance learning, research, and scholarly inquiry in an atmosphere dedicated to the open exchange of information by building, preserving, interpreting, and providing access to rich and diverse collections; teaching the effective use and critical evaluation of information resources; developing creative and responsive services for individual user communities; and capitalizing on innovative information technologies to foster intellectual growth. While our primary responsibility lies with the students and faculty of New York University, the Libraries welcome and engage in scholarly, cultural, and artistic interactions with the broader communities.
Daniel Hickey is Head of Business & Government Information Services at the Jack Brause Library for Real Estate at NYU Libraries. He holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned his B.A. in English Literature with a minor in French. He is currently applying to Master of Business Administration programs.
In his role as Head, Hickey steers library collections and services in business, economics, entrepreneurship, real estate, and related disciplines. His research centers on the information and data-seeking behavior of business undergraduate and MBA students, with an emphasis on information asymmetry in job offer scenarios. His 2016 co-authored paper, “Getting the Patron to 'Yes': The Academic Librarian’s Role in Supporting Salary Negotiations” details evidence-based strategies and resources for library workers to support successful job placements. Hickey has also published extensively on library services, including several papers on remote service provision, scaling and sustaining new services, training, and assessing liaison and scholarly communication services. In-progress research includes an exploration of the practical information and data needs of academic entrepreneurs and the logistical and licensing challenges facing the academy in fully supporting researchers and startup founders. Hickey is an active member of the Special Library Association’s Business & Finance Divisions, where he serves as Chair Elect, and the Association of Business Library Directors.
Prior to joining NYU, Hickey served as the Assistant Director for Business & Hospitality Research Services at Cornell University, where he led the efforts of the Nestlé Hotel Library and Management Library. Before Cornell, Hickey held a faculty position at The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as the Librarian for Business & Information Sciences.
Stephen Maher is Librarian for Social Work and Psychology for the Humanities & Social Sciences department of NYU’s Division of Libraries. He holds a Master of Information Science degree, with a concentration in information management and policy, from the University at Albany, State University of New York and a B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Social Work at NYU Silver School of Social Work and expects to graduate in 2022.
Maher conducts consultations with students and faculty to develop search strategies, teaches classes on information retrieval and management, and facilitates research collaborations for publications such as systematic and scoping reviews. His current research interests center on the integration of mental health and social services in libraries and information literacy in social work education; he presented at the Council on Social Work Education last fall and the Association for College and Research Libraries this spring. Maher is the new Chair of the Social Work Committee of ACRL’s Education and Behavioral Sciences Section and has co-authored articles and book chapters on library management topics, such as consortia purchasing in collection development, social media content strategies, and a case study on replacing the print collection of the NYU Health Sciences Library with eBooks following Hurricane Sandy. In 2015, he served on the inaugural committee of the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative, a project to support libraries in planning and acting sustainably in response to the social, economic, and environmental impact of climate change. His committee produced the Road Map to Sustainability, available in print and as an online app.
Prior to his current appointment, Maher was the Assistant Director of Content Management & Scholarly Communications and Collection Development Librarian at the NYU Health Sciences Library at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Over his nine years there, he managed the library’s collections budget, led grant-funded projects to track and maintain National Institutes of Health public access compliance, and served as the library’s liaison to the departments of Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Alexandra Provo is Metadata Librarian in the Division of Libraries and co-coordinator of the NYU/LIU Dual Degree Mentorship Program. Currently an M.A. candidate in XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at NYU, she has an MSLIS from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art History from Wesleyan University.
Provo’s research interests include collaborative and inclusive metadata, knowledge organization, spreadsheet software, metadata’s relationship with AI, and images as information in the context of 19th century connoisseurship and the art market. With the Linked Data for Libraries Ethics Affinity Group, she is currently co-editing a book on ethics in linked data. She is a co-convener of the Digital Library Federation’s Inclusive Metadata Task Force and is Access & Preservation Advisor to the art history e-journal Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide.
Prior to her current appointment, Provo was previously Project Manager and Digital Production Editor for the Enhanced Networked Monographs project at NYU Libraries. In 2015-2016 she was the Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University. She has been the project manager for two linked open data projects: "Drawings of the Florentine Painters" and the "Linked Jazz Project." She has also worked as a Remote Contributor for Artsy’s Art Genome Project, and as a photograph cataloger on the "Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance" initiative at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti from 2012-2013. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, where she teaches a course on metadata.
Alla Roylance is Russian and Slavic Studies Librarian and the Librarian for Linguistics. She holds a Master’s in Journalism from St. Petersburg University, Russia, and an MLIS from Pratt Institute. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Archives, also at Pratt Institute.
Roylance’s research interests center mostly around under-represented, minority, or underground communities in her geographic area of study - Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic. They include the cultural history of Russian emigration, especially in Italy and New York. She has been involved in a multi-institutional project on the Tamizdat (a Soviet-era phenomenon when censored texts from the countries in the Soviet sphere of influence were published in the West and then smuggled back to the origin countries); this involvement spurred her own interest in studying the intricacies of the Cold-War-era Soviet-Western relations, on a personal level and in the microcosmos of Western travelers and expats who have lived in these politically hostile environments. In her capacity as a part of the KARMS department, she has been involved in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Wikidata project that focuses on obscure graphic novel materials from Russia and several Eastern European countries. She currently serves as the Executive Committee Chairperson for the Center for Research Libraries’ Slavic and Eastern European Material Project, which oversees digitization projects for area studies materials. Her two most recent articles were published (in Russian) in Russian and Uzbek professional library publications and deal with various aspects of the NYU Libraries' response to the COVID-19.
Prior to her appointment at NYU, Roylance was a research librarian and processing archivist at the Brooklyn Collection, the local history department of the Brooklyn Public Library. She has had a long career in public libraries, where she has worked as a reference librarian at several local libraries while also holding managerial positions. In 2004, Roylance was named a Librarian of the Year by the New York Times for her curriculum and series of workshops on computer literacy for immigrant communities of Brooklyn.
New Faculty by School
- Arts & Science
- College of Dentistry
- Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
- Division of Libraries
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business
- NYU Abu Dhabi
- NYU Shanghai
- Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- Silver School of Social Work
- Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development
- Tandon School of Engineering
- Tisch School of the Arts