Austin Booth is Dean of the Division of Libraries at New York University, a position she assumed in July 2018. She came to NYU from the University at Buffalo, where she was Vice Provost for University Libraries for eight years. During her time at Buffalo, Austin oversaw the creation of scholarly communication positions, investment in open scholarship, and the development of open educational resources. She also served as the a Chancellor-appointed committee on open scholarship for the entire State of New York system (a system of 64 campuses). In this role, Austin gave numerous presentations on open access and open data to the SUNY Research Council and faculty governing boards across SUNY. She was part of a small committee that drafted the SUNY Policy on Open Access which the Chancellor approved and is now in effect for the entire SUNY system; this policy was a watershed moment in the transformation of scholarly communications in SUNY—it mandates that every SUNY campus develop OA policies and puts them in place by 2019. Also at Buffalo, Austin worked with extensively with the Global Health Equity Initiative and global health organizations to create open scholarship for health-care providers working in remote and underserved areas of the globe. She has continued this work and is presently involved in working with oral-health providers, the WHO, and the UN on adopting open scholarship as part of global oral-health health efforts. She is also engaged in the early stages of a research project focusing on peer review practices in the health science literature. She serves on the Statistics and Assessment committee of IFLA, where she has been spearheaded conversations about documenting and measuring the impact of open scholarship worldwide. At ARL, Austin was an early participant in SHARE, leading working groups and giving talks on SHARE to numerous groups across the country. In addition, she has been an active participant in multiple open-access monograph projects (including TOME). She is currently serving on the AOOA working group at ARL that is focusing on academy-owned scholarship in the social sciences.
Austin holds a BA in Economics and a BA in English from Cornell University, an MLIS from UC Berkeley, and an MA in English Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ARL, the Governance Board of ArchivesSpace, and multiple publisher advisory groups and she has served as a member as well as chair of numerous national boards and committees. Austin writes and speaks on a variety of topics including scholarly communications, library leadership, the economics of information, and gender and digital culture. She is a passionate advocate for open scholarship, open data, and open educational resources as well as social justice and equity. Austin sees open information as essential to a global culture of inclusion, belonging, and equity. She is interested in helping SPARC not only to continue its efforts to promote open scholarship and open science worldwide, but also in assisting to develop strategies to make open the default for the range of activities along the research lifecycle, particularly open research analytics and algorithms.