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May 13, 2020

Stanford science and engineering librarians receive awards for outstanding publications and service

Alexandra Krogman, Engineering Librarian & Zac Painter, Engineering Librarian

Stanford, CA--Alexandra Krogman and Zachary Painter, both librarians for the Science and Engineering Resource Group of Stanford Libraries, recently received awards of distinction from prominent professional associations.

The American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Library Division (ASEE ELD) awarded Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholars its 2020 Best Publication Award. Alexandra Krogman, who is an engineering librarian at Stanford and oversees digital services and projects for Terman Library, was one of the authors of the study. The report  focused on the research needs of civil and environmental engineering faculty and the broader implications for academic libraries, universities, publishers, research technology developers and others to support the evolving needs of these scholars.

In its announcement of the award, the ASEE ELD award committee members described the study  as “ground breaking.” One committee member specifically noted that this study will serve as a baseline for years to come. The announcement went on to describe that although the study focused on civil and environmental engineering specifically, it used a clear and thoughtful methodology that can be used in any area of engineering.

Last week, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Engineering Division announced Zachary Painter, engineering librarian for research and teaching support at Stanford, was the recipient of the 2020 George Mandel Memorial Award. In an email from Sara Tompson, Chair of the SLA-DENG Awards Committee, she noted how the committee was impressed by Painter’s support of the astronautics and aeronautics disciplines at Stanford.

Recently, Painter helped colleagues expand Terman Library’s collection by acquiring the Nielsen Engineering and Research (NEAR) aerospace library collection that includes over 100 boxes of rare, limited-release, and declassified material chronicling developments in aerospace engineering from pre-WWII to the present day which will remain at Stanford; and over 100 boxes of the same material that will be sent to the Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL) in support of their work with federal government documents. Additionally, when a student was unsuccessful in locating a copy of one of the foundational papers in space situational awareness, Painter contacted NASA with a Freedom of Information Act request because a public version of the paper could not be found. The paper is now available in SearchWorks, Stanford Libraries’ online catalog, for other researchers to access with ease.

Krogman and Painter’s awards came on the heels of other good news. Their colleague Stace Maples, who heads the Libraries’ Geospatial Center at Branner Library, Stace Maples - Stanford Geospatial Center was notified that he and  Dr. Eric Nelson have been published in The Lancet Digital Health Journal regarding their efforts to map the rapid spread of cholera. Maples will also be continuing his work with medical student Hannah Wild to survey and track the health of nomadic tribes in Ethiopia as a result of a recently awarded Grand Challenge Explorations grant from the Gates Foundation.

“We are so pleased that the expertise, understanding of the needs of their faculty and student clients, and their abilities to express themselves so clearly of Ali, Zac and Stace have been recognized and celebrated by their colleagues elsewhere, professional associations, foundations and publishers,” said Michael Keller, vice provost and university librarian for Stanford.

“We are fortunate and proud to have an exemplary library staff across all disciplines, well represented by Ali, Zac, and Stace," continued Keller. "The myriad of resources in the Stanford Libraries together are superb, a broad and deep set of assets for exploration and learning, though I believe that the staff of the Libraries are together the greatest resource and asset. We applaud these most recent accolades.


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