Tony Zanders

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Entrepreneur in Residence


As Boston University Libraries engage in a process of identifying its strategic priorities, we are focused on calibrating the organization and our approach to talent management to support research, teaching, and scholarship into 2030 and beyond. As part of this process, the Libraries announce that library software veteran Tony Zanders joins the BU Libraries team as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). In this role, Zanders will provide executive counsel to the University Librarian during the academic strategic planning process while designing and implementing new approaches to recruitment, retention, and training that produce elite performance for the University and its Libraries. Zanders is the first EIR in the Libraries’ history.

Zanders has a proven track record of helping research libraries develop innovative solutions to leverage technology within the research workflow. He joins the Libraries from Camelback Ventures, where he served as Entrepreneur In Residence, working with black and brown founders on company strategy. While at Camelback, Zanders also began designing a new framework, called Skilltype, for organizations to use linked data and machine learning to address strategic organizational development issues like talent development, diversity, and succession planning. Work on Skilltype continues in research and development.

Before Camelback, Zanders was Vice President of Global Customer Development at EBSCO, where he advised libraries on software integrations across more than 30 countries. While at EBSCO, Zanders played an instrumental role in the company’s participation in the FOLIO community consulting over a dozen of the community’s early partners on service models. Zanders also has served as Director of Customer Development at Ex Libris, a ProQuest company. While there, he was the liaison to the Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) and was responsible for community engagement with the Ex Libris Alma development partners and early adopter community.

During Zanders’ appointment, he and the Libraries’ team will investigate methods to prepare for the future of work by leveraging expertise across various departments across the institution. Boston University is home to the Hariri Institute for Computational Science and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, which are cross-institutional academic units that offer an optimal environment for designing the future of work in libraries.