Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Julie Sweetkind-Singer is the Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services as well as the Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections at Stanford University.  She oversees the support infrastructure provided to the faculty, researchers and students for the cartographic and geospatial programs centered in the Libraries.  She, in conjunction with the Geospatial Manager, sets the long-range agenda for GIS program to build out services to the existing user base, new departments and centers .  She is leading the project to build out the new David Rumsey Map Center that is slated to open at Stanford in mid-2014.  Sweetkind-Singer was Stanford’s lead for the National Geospatial Digital Archive, a cooperative agreement funded through the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in conjunction with the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Map and Imagery Laboratory.  Stanford’s outcome of the 5-year, $3.4 million project was the creation of the Stanford Digital Repository now managing over a petabyte of digital content including over 5 terabytes of geospatial data and imagery.

In conjunction with noted map collector David Rumsey, they created the Digital Philanthropy Map Collections Project whose aim is to work together with private map collectors to allow scanning of their antiquarian collections.  To date, the Glen McLaughlin California as an Island map collection has been completed with four more collections in process.  Sweetkind-Singer has managed the donation or acquisition of the Robert C. Berlo Road and Street Map Collection, the California State Automobile Association cartographic unit’s map archive, the Carolina Batchelor Collection of maps of Africa, and the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection.

Prior to joining Stanford in 2000, Sweetkind-Singer worked for David Rumsey and Glen McLaughlin in the role of map librarian.  With Rumsey, she helped develop the first website for the collection and was the map cataloger.  For Glen McLaughlin, she managed all aspects of the collection including purchasing, preservation, research and cataloging.  She was the assistant editor of California 49: forty-nine maps of California from the sixteenth century to the present (San Francisco: California Map Society, 1999).

Sweetkind-Singer has published papers on digital preservation, supporting GIS users, and digital philanthropy for the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, Library Trends, and Science and Technology Libraries.  She was an invited participant at SCI7 (2009) and SCI9 (2011): Scholarly Communications Institute, University of Virginia and was on the faculty and co-coordinator of the Stewardship Track (with Diana Sinton) at the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship at the University of Virginia (2009).  She taught GIS/Map Librarianship classes at San Jose State University’s Master’s Program in Library and Information Science (2002, 2005).

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