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Stanford Libraries is seeking a full-time Cartographic Project Metadata Librarian for a 2-year term appointment to catalog cartographic and technical materials. 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.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the 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:

Under the direction of the Map Librarian (project manager) at Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections, the Cartographic Project Metadata Librarian will produce dual-language (Dutch and English) metadata to facilitate search, discovery, and access to cartographic and technical materials from the 18th to 20th centuries that are part of the Conrad Collection on Dutch Waterways. This is the personal collection of Jan Frederick Willem Conrad, a 19th century Dutch engineer and former chief inspector of Rijkswaterstaat, which also includes already processed papers held by Stanford Libraries. Dutch engineers have long been at the forefront of waterway and coastal infrastructure, and these materials will be a significant contribution to the world’s understanding of early climate resilience.

The Cartographic Project Metadata Librarian will be responsible for processing and cataloging approximately 1,500 items and will be assisted by a term Cartographic Project Assistant, a position also under the direction of the Branner Library Map Librarian. The assistant will be responsible for copy cataloging, material handling and tracking, and metadata tracking and remediation.

During this two-year project, the materials will be digitized with high-resolution images produced for each item. These images will be deposited in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) for preservation and derivatives are made available for free viewing and downloading in our online catalog, SearchWorks. Following digitization, the items will be transferred from Branner Library to their permanent home, the David Rumsey Map Center.

Core Duties:

  • Create dual-language (Dutch and English) discovery metadata for cartographic and technical materials, applying the metadata schema appropriate to the material as defined by policy.
  • Transcribe and provide context for manuscript annotations and other significant notations.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the project manager and project assistant to identify and execute necessary tasks.

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:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Fluency in Dutch and English languages.
  • Ability to independently execute tasks and produce on a set schedule.
  • Knowledge of original and complex copy cataloging which applies machine formatting rules (MARC) and descriptive content rules (RDA) established in international standards to represent maps and other cartographic materials.
  • High level of comfort in digital environments coupled with the ability to read complex visual information.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with project manager and project assistant.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of library discovery environments, office automation software, and online resources.
  • Knowledge of proper handling for rare and fragile materials.

For consideration at the Librarian 1 level:

  • Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Two years or more of experience in a relevant library setting or similar organization with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibility.

For consideration at the Librarian 2 level:

  • Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Three years or more of experience in a relevant library setting or similar organization with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibility.
  • Experience cataloging cartographic and/or technical materials with manuscript annotations.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps 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 the job.

Working Conditions:

  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evening, 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

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.
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