Engineering Librarian, Research & Teaching Support, Terman Engineering Library


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 350 employees. We are committed to fueling 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 Research & Teaching Support will join the Head Librarian, Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections, and Digital Technology Manager in the Terman Engineering Library. As a member of an interdisciplinary team of science and engineering librarians in the Science and Engineering Resource Group, the Engineering Librarian for Research & Teaching Support will provide direct support in the use of library materials, help guide community members through the scholarly communication process, and play an active role in supporting the research lifecycle of data. 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, scholarly communication and research data management, and outreach and instruction.

Core Duties

Serves as a research and teaching liaison to the School of Engineering, its Departments and Institutes, Labs and Centers to ensure that library services and collections support current research and teaching programs. Maintains close contact with faculty to anticipate their research and instructional needs and to provide relevant library resources and programs. Reports to the Head of the Terman Engineering Library.

  • Maintains familiarity with the evolving organization of the School of Engineering, its departments, institutes, labs and centers, as well as the teaching and research programs of faculty therein.

○ Meets directly with faculty and attends seminars and events organized by the School.

○ Monitors faculty publication activities and trends via bibliographic databases, publication alerts, Stanford Engineering Magazine, and other methods as relevant.

  • Provides reference, instruction, and advanced online search services in engineering to students, faculty, and staff.

○ Helps users find and manage information and data and critically evaluate and use resources and tools.

○ Provides instruction on library resources and materials and related methods and tools.

○ Uses outreach strategies and instructional services to develop relationships with users that optimize the impact of library expertise and services in the areas of engineering information.

  • Supports digital scholarship efforts by providing instruction and support in data management and open access engagement.

○ Provides instruction and support to faculty and students in order to ensure articles and data created by Stanford authors are aligned with FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) and CARE (Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility, and Ethics) principles.

○ Work with faculty on the deposit of articles, data, code, and materials into the library repository in accordance with government mandates and the Open Access Policy.

○ Consults and performs advanced bibliographic and numeric searches in engineering resources.

  • Creates and maintains resources in support of research and teaching, e.g., library guides and web pages. 
  • Works with the librarians in the branch on outreach efforts including supporting the MakerBar, orientation events, and Carpentries initiatives.
  • Supports the Engineering Librarian for Data and Collections to manage and evaluate engineering resources and materials for the Stanford Libraries in support of teaching and research.
  • Stays abreast of developments in engineering librarianship by actively participating in professional organizations.
  • Participates in library projects, programs, and committees, as appropriate.

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.


Education and 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. College-level coursework or relevant work experience in engineering or a related discipline is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Practical knowledge of the literature in engineering is required.
  • Knowledge of relevant aspects of library operations including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to contribute to the development and implementation of new or improved services and resources in support of research and teaching. Preferred evidence would be successful work supporting graduate level research, experience working with academic research data, and providing related instruction.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, and library staff is required. Ability to perform effectively in and contribute successfully to a diverse workplace environment is also required.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills. Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative, and innovative attitude.
  • Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally, in writing, and through online platforms, is required.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities May Include

  • Experience in the use of high-level programming languages such as R, Python, or MatLab.
  • Familiarity with 3D printing, circuitry, and other makerspace skills desired.
  • General knowledge of collection development principles and practices is preferred. 

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 1 level is $73,000 to $92,000 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.

References required: Please provide a list of 3 references with contact information.

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Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1781
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 102052
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible

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