State, Local, and International Government Information Librarian

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Dec 7, 2023

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College / University, Government
A cover letter and resume are required.
  • Please note: this position is not eligible for sponsorship of a U.S VISA.

Stanford Libraries is seeking a full-time Local, State, and International Government Information Librarian to join the Social Sciences Resource Group (SSRG). 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 and work in a highly collaborative environment.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries (SL) is a network of 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling teaching, learning, and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding, and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million physical items and rapidly growing digital collections preserved and accessible in the Stanford Digital Repository. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has SL 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. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to 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 Government Information Collections:

Stanford Libraries' world-class collections include depository collections for the United States (FDLP), State of California, United Nations (UN), International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the European Union (EU). The collections include information, statistics and data from: the United Nations, the European Union, and other Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), such as the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

About the Position:

Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences Resource Group (SSRG), the Local, State, and International Government Information Librarian develops and manages collections focused on local (county, municipality, etc.), state, and international government information. Working in close collaboration with the United States Federal Government Information Librarian, this position selects and acquires relevant print and digital materials from governmental and non-governmental organizations, including official government publications, historical records, statistics and data (e.g. geospatial & tabular). Along with collection development, the Local, State, and International Government Information Librarian provides advanced interdisciplinary research consultations and instruction across departments and programs in need of government statistics, data and reports. The Librarian participates with a variety of other library units (e.g. Research Data Services, Acquisitions, Digital Library Systems and Services) to provide holistic library support for social science research.

Core Duties:
  • Plan, develop, evaluate, and select library research materials and information resources (in all formats), including the responsibility for collection management and preservation, decision-making for all aspects of Stanford's international, UN, IGO, EU, UK, state and local government information & documents, with a special focus on the California Depository Program.
  • Manage a collection development budget.
  • Identify and acquire relevant data and statistical sources working collaboratively with colleagues in the libraries on the management, access, and preservation of the data.
  • Advise Stanford faculty, researchers, and students on the use of government information and data by consulting and responding to teaching and research needs, keeping apprised of latest statistical, data and local government resources.
  • Provide service to library users through instructional sessions, workshops, online guides, library tours, bibliographic and reference services.
  • Develop special projects related to the preservation of government information including web archiving projects.
  • Collaborate with other librarians to assure coverage of interdisciplinary areas.
  • Solicit, assess, and manage gift collections, including donor communications.
  • Contribute to the planning and establishment of programs and policies within the Social Science Resource Group (SSRG) in Green Library.
  • Collaborate with other library staff and library units such as the Social Science Data Curator, Research Data Services, Preservation, Acquisitions, Metadata, Digital Library Systems and Services, and the Stanford Geospatial Center, with the aim of creating, preserving, and promoting access to collections.
  • Serve on library committees and manage library projects, as appropriate.
  • Represent Stanford University Libraries in national and international meetings and organizations.

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 nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience: For consideration at the Librarian 2 rank.
  • Advanced Degree in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree in a Social Science academic discipline (e.g. public policy, political science, human rights, international relations) with a demonstrated understanding of the role of government information collections at academic libraries and two or more years of relevant experience in an academic library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience such as, working in a government agency reporting unit or a government agency library.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience with international, UN, EU, UK, and/or California document collections and services.
  • Demonstrated awareness of current trends in government information content, formats, and dissemination methods.
  • Knowledge of public records request procedures for obtaining government information.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the operations of major academic or research libraries with government information depository programs.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students is required. Ability to perform effectively in and contribute successfully to a diverse, multicultural workplace environment is also required.
  • Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience with current technologies and information systems, and their application to the delivery of library services to students and faculty.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills. Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative, and innovative attitude.
  • Demonstrated skills to work independently as well as in a team environment.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities May Include:
  • Demonstrated information seeking skills, including database and internet searching, and familiarity with social sciences resources in digital formats.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of traditional and emerging social science research methodologies, as evidenced by completion of relevant graduate-level coursework and/or a record of research and original publication(s) in the social sciences.
  • Successful experience providing academic library instruction and public services.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills. Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative, and innovative attitude.
  • Familiarity with data analysis tools and social science data.

For consideration at the Librarian 3 rank.

In addition to the above-mentioned education, skills and abilities for the rank of Librarian 2 rank, the Librarian 3 requirements include:
  • Five or more years of experience with government document collecting and services in research library settings and/or public policy research, academic library, or related setting with evidence of capacity to work at a higher level of responsibility for a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated potential to make professional accomplishments relevant to the responsibilities of this position. These may include scholarly publications, teaching, and/or professional publications and presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience in the acquisition, management and curation of social science data and participation in provisioning of related data workflows.
  • Experience with web archiving processes and procedures.

Physical Requirements*:
  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp 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, evenings 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,

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.

The expected pay range for this position at Librarian 2 is $85,000 to $106,000, and at Librarian 3 is $103,000 to $129,000 per annum. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

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.

● A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.

● Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.

● Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1782
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 101238
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible

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