Current Role at Stanford

I am the Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections. I oversee the geospatial and cartographic resources with the Stanford University Libraries. My subject specialization is in cartographic and geospatial resources. I am interested in the long-term preservation of geospatial and scientific data.

Honors & Awards

  • Digital Data Pioneer, Library of Congress, National Digital Infrastructure Information and Preservation Program (2010)

Education & Certifications

  • BA, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Double degree in English and History (1983)
  • MBA, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Organizational Development (1987)
  • MLIS, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Library and Information Science (1999)

Work Experience

  • Instructor, California Rare Book School (11/4/2013 - 11/8/2013)


    Berkeley, CA

  • Faculty and coordinator of the Stewardship Track, Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship, University of Virginia (2009)


    Charlottesville, VA

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Chair, National Geospatial Advisory Committee (2014 - Present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library (2015 - Present)
  • Member, Map and Geography Roundtable; Member, Government Documents Roundtable, American Library Association (1999 - 2015)
  • Vice President, Northern California Chapter, California Map Society (2001 - 2002)
  • Vice President (President Elect), President, Past President, Western Association of Map Libraries (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, Taylor & Francis Publishers (2009 - 2013)

All Publications

  • The Changing Geospatial Landscape: A Second Look Austin, R., Sweetkind-Singer, J., DiSera, D. National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Washington, DC. 2015
  • Digital Philanthropy: Increasing Access through Donor Collaboration Journal of Map and Geography Libraries Sweetkind-Singer, J. K. 2013; 9 (1-2): 175-193
  • The National Geospatial Digital Archive: A Collaborative Project to Archive Geospatial Data Journal of Map and Geography Libraries Erwin, T., J Sweetkind-Singer 2010; 6 (1)
  • Herbert Hoover: A Geologist in Training Journal of Map and Geography Libraries Sweetkind-Singer, J. 2010; 6 (2)
  • Uncharted Territory: Building a Network for the Archiving of Geospatial Images and Data Against the Grain Sweetkind-Singer, J. 2009; 21 (2)
  • The National Geospatial Digital Archive - Collection Development: Lessons Learned Library Trends Erwin, T., J Sweetkind-Singer, ML Larsgaard 2009; 57 (3)
  • Legal Agreements Governing Archiving Partnerships: The NGDA Approach Archiving Sweetkind-Singer, J., T Erwin, ML Larsgaard 2009
  • The National Geospatial Digital Archives-Collection Development: Lessons Learned LIBRARY TRENDS Erwin, T., Sweetkind-Singer, J., Larsgaard, M. L. 2009; 57 (3): 490-515
  • Digital preservation of geospatial data LIBRARY TRENDS Sweetkind-Singer, J., Larsgaard, M. L., Erwin, T. 2006; 55 (2): 304-314
  • Integrating the Hoover Map Collection at Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections Information Bulletin Erwin, T., Sweetkind-Singer, J. 2004; 35 (3)
  • Stanford Geological Survey Access Project Information Bulletin Sweetkind-Singer, J., M Powers, C Derksen 2003; 34 (3)
  • Accessing and preserving field maps and notebooks: the Stanford Geological Survey Map and Field Notebook Access Project Geoscience Information Society Proceedings Derksen, C., J Sweetkind-Singer 2002
  • The Place Of Geographic Information System Services in a Geoscience Information Center Geoscience Information Society Proceedings Derksen, C., J Sweetkind-Singer, MJ Williams 2001; 31
  • The Rumsey Collection Goes Online Information Bulletin Rumsey, D., P Hoehn, J Sweetkind-Singer 2001; 32 (2)
  • Supporting the Needs of Geographic Information Systems Users in an Academic Library Science & Technology Libraries Sweetkind-Singer, J., MJ Williams 2001; 21 (3/4)
  • State of the Art: David Rumsey's Online Map Collection Mercator's World Sweetkind, J. 2000
  • California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Heckrotte, W., Sweetkind, J 1999