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Forthcoming Stanford "Bookless" Engineering Library Facility Advertising Another Position

.: I don't often post new jobs, but this one caught my eye. Last fall, Stanford advertised for a Head Librarian for the forthcoming facility. Now Stanford has posted a position for an engineering librarian who will "..be an important part of the team that develops and builds out the engineering digital library that supports teaching, learning, and research in all fields of engineering at Stanford as well as related fields." The one catch is that SU is looking for a librarian with an engineering degree, which will significantly narrow the field of potential applicants. Details are below:

The Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources seek a well-qualified librarian with significant subject expertise to expand the staff of its Engineering Library. Stanford is currently planning for a new Engineering facility, and this Librarian will have significant responsibility for maintaining communications with and services for faculty and students during the transition.

The new Engineering Library will be a library, but in the most advanced definition of that term, and ultimately, as the literatures of engineering disciplines move to digital form, it is envisioned as a bookless facility. In this environment, deep subject knowledge, facility with electronic information resources and the ability to develop and maintain faculty relationships will be key skills for all of our Librarians. We plan to provide one subject specialist librarian for every two departments in the School of Engineering (Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bioengineering, Management Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering). These specialists will create and maintain online "reading rooms" or online guides to the specialized literatures of their fields, provide information instruction, manage online information repositories and experiment with new technologies to deliver information resources and access to the School of Engineering faculty and students.

This librarian will be an important part of the team that develops and builds out the engineering digital library that supports teaching, learning, and research in all fields of engineering at Stanford as well as related fields. SULAIR (Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources) operates 16 libraries and numerous academic computing facilities for
Stanford. It is an organization that has for the past 15 years exploited its nearly unique combination of library and academic computing staff, methods, and assets along with Stanford's absolutely unique entrepreneurial spirit to create new approaches to serving the faculty, students, and staff comprising the Stanford community. More information about SULAIR and its
many units may be found on these websites. http://library.stanford.edu/about_sulair/briefguide.html

Qualified candidates will possess an academic degree in engineering or equivalent (Master's degree preferred), knowledge of the literature of engineering, and demonstrated successful engagement with the integration of digital information resources, technologies and services in research library programs.

1. Provides in-depth reference service in dedicated subject areas.
2. Devises and proposes digital library collections and services in support of teaching, learning and research in designated subject areas.
3. Participates in defining goals, planning, developing, and evaluating Stanford's collections in designated Engineering disciplines.
4. Keeps abreast of current publication trends and information distribution practices in all appropriate formats as well as developments in information science.
5. Selects current and retrospective materials in Engineering, in all forms and formats, with emphasis on designated disciplines. Monitors approval plans as appropriate.
6. Maintains contact with faculty and students in Engineering, particularly in designated disciplines.
7. Reviews engineering collections for relegation, discard, and preservation. Helps plan and supervise evaluation and use studies as appropriate.
8. Other duties as assigned.

1. Academic degree in engineering or the demonstrated equivalent in experience required, along with knowledge of the literature of engineering.
2. Masters in Library Science degree from an accredited institution preferred, although the equivalent in training and experience will be considered.
3. Three to five years of experience as a professional librarian in a research engineering or science library.
4. Successful engagement with the integration of digital information resources, technologies, and services in research library programs.
5. Demonstrated ability to contribute to the planning and implementation of new and improved services and resources.
6. Demonstrated skills in public services and collection development as well as the capacity to interact effectively and responsively to engineering faculty and students.
7. Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
8. Promise of making significant contributions to SULAIR services and to the profession.
9. Ability to work effectively in a complex environment filled with ambiguity and promise.

This job is posted on the Stanford Jobs web site.
Please apply by clicking on the Apply Now button after searching for job
#25392 in the Keyword Search field (with nothing else highlighted)at:

Thank you!

Helen Josephine
Head Librarian
Engineering Library
Terman Engineering Center
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4029


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