Julie Sweetkind-Singer is the Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic 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. 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 with four completed collections. 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. 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).
- History of Maps: 2015, 2017