Paul Zarins retires: 24 years at the Stanford Libraries

November 5, 2019
Matt Marostica

Our wonderful friend and colleague, Paul Zarins, has retired after 24 years at the Stanford Libraries. Many of us have worked with Paul in his role as Digital Collections Librarian.  In that role, Paul singlehandedly developed a framework for licensing electronic resources that is of enormous benefit at SUL and across the Stanford community. This framework results in overall cost savings in our deals with publishers of digital resources and, more importantly, in licensing terms that enable Stanford faculty and students to use these resources to the full extent they need for instruction and research.

Paul made many other contributions to the Stanford Libraries beyond his work on digital resources. He came to Stanford in 1995 as the Subject Specialist for Political Science and Economics. Beginning in 2000, he began his work on digital resources as the Digital Library Program Officer. Subsequently, he held leadership positions such as head of the Sciences and Engineering Library, Head of the Social Sciences Resource Group, and interim head of collections while continuing his work on digital collections.

Everyone who has worked with Paul knows that he went about his work in a quiet and unassuming manner with great attention to detail and excellence. His work to create a framework for licensing electronic resources, particularly electronic datasets, is an singular accomplishment that will benefit Stanford researchers and students for many years to come.

Paul retired with emeritus status and can still be reached through his Stanford email. 

We wish him all the best in his retirement.