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Stanford Graduate School of Business    

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business Library invites applications and nominations for the position of Business Research & Collections Librarian in the Research and Discovery unit. The GSB Library is one component of the Research Hub, which provides core research and collections support services including data analytics and research computing, human subject research, faculty-driven research initiatives and labs, and event and communications support. The Research Hub engages with faculty members, researchers, and students across the lifecycle of research, teaching and scholarship. Working in a startup type environment and joining an experienced team ready to share knowledge, the Research & Collections Librarian provides research support, instruction and outreach to the following groups:

  • Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty.
  • The Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • The GSB PhD program, offering degrees in Accounting; Economic Analysis & Policy; Finance; Marketing; Operations, Information & Technology; Organizational Behavior; and Political Economics.
  • Researchers, members of the Stanford University community, and other library users.

We are looking for an experienced academic librarian who will enhance our data and electronic collections development program, conduct research consultations, offer course-related instruction and workshops, conduct outreach efforts to raise awareness of library resources and services, and maintain research guides and other support tools. Duties may be tailored to the individual’s strengths and interests, and a variety of additional duties may be assigned, based on the Librarian’s expertise and organizational needs.

The Research & Collections Librarian participates in planning and implementation for the GSB Library; collections and research project management, including vendor relations; participates in Library committees and task forces; and engages in collaborative activities with all parts of the Research Hub. This individual is expected to participate in professional activities outside of the GSB Library and to monitor developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of the Library’s research support services and collections.

The Research & Collections Librarian will need to be able to adapt to change as the Library and School evolve. A strong candidate will be able to understand complex research problems, identify resources, and contextually curate information to assist in solving them. The position will be a key member of both the Research and Discovery Department and the Collection Development Team. 

This position will be offered as either a Librarian 3 (Job Code 1783) or Librarian 4 (Job Code 1784) depending on the successful candidate's knowledge and work experience. The Core Duties below describe the Librarian 3 classification.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Applies knowledge of business, information and data resources to assist patrons and staff with complex reference and research inquiries.
  • Participate in the acquisition and management of digital collections in support of the research mission of the GSB.
  • Select library materials and information resources in a broad or interdisciplinary area, including responsibility for collections management, preservation decision-making, donor relations and liaison with users.
  • Works with both internal (faculty, Stanford Libraries, staff, etc.) and external (private sector, government, nonprofit entities) stakeholders in building cooperative collections.
  • Serves on a team that coordinates and maintains licenses/NDAs for electronic databases and data sets.
  • Works actively with primary clientele to explore and propose collaborative projects, options for new research services, and options for better integration between the GSB Library and other GSB units.
  • Maintain library information systems documentation.
  • Develop procedures for programs or operations of a library unit.
  • Teach workshops, lead tours and/or give demonstrations of library resources.
  • Conceive and develop physical and virtual exhibitions, including selection of materials, design of exhibit, preparation of related publications, etc.
  • May supervise staff or student staff.
  • Be flexible to completing any other additional assigned duties.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and at least five years of experience in a relevant library setting with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibility or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of business, economics, or social science information and issues surrounding research data.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate data and other electronic resources, and manage vendor relationships.
  • Experience with relevant aspects of academic research including understanding of contemporary research practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to interact with internal and external constituencies throughout the contracting and acquisitions lifecycle.
  • Deep understanding and engagement with the range of library operations, trends and practices.
  • Ability to manage projects, develop policies or drive library initiatives across functional lines.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging with colleagues across the University and beyond in a collaborative and constructive fashion.
  • Demonstrated success in independently performing complex job functions such as collections management, preparation of exhibits, developing policies for business practices.
  • Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic communities.
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • Evidence of professional contribution and achievement beyond the library may be expected at this rank.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • A second Masters or PhD is preferable.
  • Experience with contracts and other legal agreements.
  • Research project management.

*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 his or her job.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:

  •  Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more! 

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

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.

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 his or her job.

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.


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