Julie Sweetkind-Singer appointed Associate University Librarian for Science & Engineering Resources

June 16, 2020
Mimi Calter
Julie Sweetkind-Singer

After serving in an interim role for more than three months, Julie Sweetkind-Singer has been permanently appointed to the role of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Science & Engineering Resources.  As AUL, Julie will help shape the strategic directions of the Stanford Libraries, collaborating across the university, and engaging with faculty.  She will also oversee the staff, operations and budgets of the five Science and Engineering branch libraries: Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections, David Rumsey Map Center, Hopkins Marine Station’s Miller Library, Li & Ma Combined Science Library, and Terman Engineering Library..  “I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to manage SERG for many years.  We have exemplary staff who work well together, meet challenges head on, and look to the future to make sure we stay up-to-date with the needs of our faculty and students.  It’s a privilege to lead this group,” said Julie.

Julie has been with the Stanford Libraries since 2000 being promoted to branch head at Branner Library in 2004.  Her subject specialization is in cartographic and geospatial resources.   In her time here she has been central to critical projects in those areas.  Notably, she was actively engaged in the establishment and development of the David Rumsey Map Center, which is now a centerpiece of our cartographic program.  She  helped initiate the Libraries’ digital philanthropy project, which allows the libraries to digitize antiquarian collections from private map collectors; has overseen the development of the Libraries extensive GIS program, and has coordinated programs ensuring the long-term preservation of significant geospatial data resources.  Julie served for six years on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and chaired the committee for three years.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library and on the User Working Group of SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center).  She teaches the history of maps for the California Rare Book School and the Australasian Rare Book School.

Julie’s efforts on behalf of the Stanford Libraries have been both extraordinary and remarkable, and we are a better organization for it.  I’m pleased to welcome her to the leadership team, and look forward to working with her in evolving the collections and services of the Stanford Libraries to meet emerging challenges.

Mimi Calter
Deputy University Librarian