Engineering Librarian

Stanford University

Engineering Librarian

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This position is double-posted at Librarian 1 and 2.


The Engineering Librarian for Research and Teaching Support 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 Research and Teaching Support Librarian is responsible for engaging with faculty and students and participating in the development, delivery and assessment of programs to support research and instruction.

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) Direct provision of research and teaching support activities from the Engineering Library for the School of Engineering
a. Develops an active program of faculty engagement to understand faculty research needs and plan and implement programs to address those needs.
b. Engages with student organizations and utilizes social media to engage the SoE graduate and undergraduate student populations.
c. Works with the Head of the Science and Engineering Branches and the AUL for the Science & Engineering Libraries to develop services to better serve faculty and student needs
d. Participates in presenting workshops and instructional sessions for the School of Engineering and allied Programs and Departments
e. Works with individual faculty and departments in the School of Engineering to understand research priorities, major initiatives and areas of interdisciplinary collaboration
f. Communicates issues related to Library services, collections and policies to Engineering faculty
2) Collection Development: Selects materials in assigned areas
3) Reference and Research Services: Participates in the delivery of reference and research services

*-Other Duties as Assigned


Education & Experience:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Other Relevant Education May Include:
  • College-level coursework, degree, or relevant work experience in one or more of the following Engineering disciplines: Aerospace, Automotive, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of library discovery environments, office automation software, and online resources.
  • Ability to quickly learn and use print and online tools and resources and in area of specialization.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills

    Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills and Abilities May Include:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of faculty in an academic research environment.
  • Experience in an academic library, or similar work environment.
  • Demonstrated record of success and innovation in provisioning of research and teaching support activities in environments similar to Stanford's STEM libraries.
  • Evidence of involvement with initiatives such as distributed or distance education, MOOCs, or integrated instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty and colleagues, and forge strong working relationships across organizational units.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and demonstrated ability to work effectively with users and colleagues.

    To be considered at the Librarian 2 rank: Demonstrated experience with 2 or more years of relevant experience in all required qualifications noted above.

  • 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 his or her 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: Library

    Location: University Libraries
    Schedule: Full-time
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