Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections, Stanford University

Job Title: Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections, Terman Engineering Library
Job Percentage: 100% time
Exemption: Exempt
Expected pay range: $83,000 – $106,000 per annum

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The Stanford Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, dynamic, outgoing and service-oriented Engineering Librarian to provide outstanding research, instruction, and collection services to the School of Engineering and other allied Programs and Departments. The Libraries values are rooted in a commitment of mutual respect, the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant. We seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives in a highly collaborative environment. We value colleagues who perform effectively in and contribute successfully to a diverse, multicultural workplace environment. As a member of the Terman Engineering Library team, the Engineering Librarian will take a team approach to engaging with faculty, staff and students to develop and provide innovative research services and will report to the Head of Terman Engineering Library.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding, and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace, and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.

About the Position:

The Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections will report to the Head of Terman Engineering Library. This position provides strong interdisciplinary support for faculty and students in the School of Engineering, its Departments and Institutes, Labs and Centers. As a member of an interdisciplinary team of science and engineering librarians in the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG), 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 identify, curate, manage, and make accessible data that is relevant to engineering research in all its stages.  This position will have the opportunity to impact the future of library services for the Stanford engineering community, and is especially geared towards librarians with interests and/or experiences in engineering/scientific information, collection development, scholarly communication and research data management.

Core Duties*:

  • Provides assessment and analytics for the Library Information Budget for the Engineering Library
    • Works with the Senior Associate University Librarian for Collections and Public Services (AUL), Science & Engineering Libraries, and the Head of Terman to plan and oversee the Engineering materials budget ($2.35M in FY’24); 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.
    • Conducts assessments of Engineering materials collections, ensuring they remain up-to-date in accordance with the needs of the School of Engineering and allied programs.
  • 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, Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) and others to negotiate funding and collection projects.
    • Evaluates new resources for possible purchase or digital capture.
  • Supports interdisciplinary work through close coordination of collection development efforts with other bibliographers.
    • Serves as selector in assigned areas.
    • Works closely with Acquisitions Department, Digital Collections Librarian, and DLSS.
  • Works with the School of Engineering to provide support for management of research-related data through all lifecycle stages.
    • Identifies relevant datasets for use in research and teaching; works with Acquisitions and Research Data Services (RDS) to acquire applicable datasets.
    • Assists with preparation of data management plans, data curation, and data deposits.
    • Promotes contribution to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), provides assistance in depositing materials into the SDR, and serves as a liaison between the School of Engineering, DLSS and the Scientific Data Librarian.
  • 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 may also be assigned

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

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. Three or more years of experience in an academic library, or similar expertise dealing with information mediation.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.)
  • A history of collaboration with people inside and outside of their home organization; evidence of the ability to forge partnerships with diverse players.
  • Demonstrated work experience with institutional repositories (IRs), digitization and access projects, or data management/curation.
  • Experience with markup and/or programming languages (e.g., SML, SGML, XML, SQL, PERL, Python, Ruby, R, etc.) is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated record of innovation in developing, implementing or promoting digital information systems or services.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and demonstrated ability to work effectively with users and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate digital collections into library services.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp 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 his or her job.

Working Conditions

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

Work Standards

  • 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,

The expected pay range for this position at the Librarian 2 level is $83,000 – $106,000 per annum.  Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

Documents required: cover letter, references list and résumé or CV.

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