Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections

California, United States
08 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


The Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections will report to the Assistant Director for the Science and Engineering Branch Libraries. This position provides strong interdisciplinary support for faculty and students in the School of Engineering and other allied Programs and Departments. The Data and Collections Librarian is responsible for assessing, acquiring, and managing collections for the Engineering Library to support research and instruction in a highly interdisciplinary environment. This position will also work with researchers to encourage and support the deposit of data sets and original research materials into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).

Stanford University’s STEM Libraries are active innovators in the area of library services. Serving a world-class university with an aggressive digital collection strategy, our STEM libraries are redefining the nature of library services to be more focused on research needs. We are looking for a highly innovative individual with a strong academic background in engineering who has a proven track record of developing information services that take advantage of information technology.


1.  Provides assessment and analytics for the Library Information Budget for the Engineering Library

  • Works with the AUL, Science & Engineering Libraries, and the Assistant Director to plan and oversee the Engineering materials budget ($2M in FY’17); Works with SERG leadership, Acquisitions, and Digital Collections Librarian on eBook, database, and serial licensing agreements.
  • Monitors expenditures for the Engineering base and endowment funds, ensuring the timely expenditure of funds and sound fiscal management of the budget.
  • Prepares an annual assessment of programmatic needs related to library collections supporting the School of Engineering and allied programs.
  • Conducts analyses of in-house or for-purchase collections (cost projections, usage analyses, etc.) as needed. 

2.  Develops innovative ways to integrate digital information resources into library services and products.

  • Identifies and proposes digitization, web archiving and gift opportunities. Works with AUL, Science & Engineering, DLSS and others to negotiate funding and collection projects.
  • Evaluates new resources for possible purchase or digital capture.

3.  Supports interdisciplinary work through close coordination of collection development efforts with other bibliographers.

  • Serves as selector in assigned areas.
  • Works closely with SUL Acquisitions Department, Digital Collections Librarian, and Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS).

4.  Works with the School of Engineering to identify data and research publications to deposit into the Stanford Digital Repository.

  • Assists with metadata preparation and provides assistance in depositing materials to the SDR.
  • Promotes contribution to the SDR and serves as a liaison between the School of Engineering, DLSS and the Scientific Data Librarian.

​5.  Proposes and implements innovative information services leveraging digital collections and research services. Provides reference and research support.  Acts as principal liaison with engineering donors; works with Library Development to expand donor support for Engineering. Assists in the provision of outreach services, especially in regard to   collection issues. Participates in instructional activities.  Other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  1. Advanced degree in information science, library science, engineering, or a related discipline. College-level coursework or relevant work experience in an engineering discipline or related field preferred.
  2. Three or more years of experience in an academic library, or similar expertise dealing with information mediation.
  3. Work experience with collection development, including budget management, collection evaluation. Strong experience with digital library materials. (Desired: experience with negotiating contracts for digital books or journals.)
  4. Demonstrated work experience in areas such as OpenURL knowledgebase management, metadata cross-walking, or digital serials control, or other relevant experience that demonstrate a knowledge of and ability to work with metadata and digital materials.
  5. Demonstrated work experience with institutional repositories (IRs), digitization and access projects, or data management/curation. 
  6. Experience with markup and/or programming languages (e.g., SML, SGML, XML, SQL, PERL, Python, Ruby, R, etc.) is highly desired.
  7. Demonstrated record of innovation in developing, implementing or promoting digital information systems or services.
  8. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and demonstrated ability to work effectively with users and colleagues .
  9. Demonstrated ability to integrate digital collections into library services.


  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  •  Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  •  Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  •  Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Code:  1782
Job Grade: H