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Mattie Taormina

Head of Public Services and Processing Manuscript Librarian
Mattie Taormina


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Mattie's role in the library

I am the head of Public Services for Special Collections and University Archives. You'll often find me either in the Field Reading Room or conducting classes in the Barchas classroom. 


Topic Guides by Mattie

Course Guides by Mattie

Course number Term Guide Instructor
CSRE 55M: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Seminar Fall 2012 CSRE 55M: MMUF Seminar Dr. Jose David Saldivar with Cristina Lash (TA)

Professional activities

Member, Society of California Archivists, Strategic Planning Task Force, 2012-2013

Member, ACRL/RBMS Seminars Committee, 2010-2012

Member, ACRL/RBMS Preconference Program Planning Committee, 2010-2012

Key Contact for State of California, Society of American Archivists, 2009-2012

Member, OCLC Streamlining Photography and Scanning working group, 2010

Member, OCLC Steering Committee for Special Collections Delivery, 2009

Member, Society of California Archivists, Nominating Committee, 2008-2010

Member, Society of California Archivists, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2008 and 2011

Member, Society of American Archivists, Annual Meeting Host Committee, 2008

Member, Educational Committee, Society of California Archivists, 2007-ongoing

Selected publications

Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises.  Co-editor with Anne Bahde and Heather Smedberg,  Libraries Unlimited (to be published in 2014)

Roberts, Regina Lee and Mattie Taormina. 2013. "Collaborative Co-Design for Library Workshops." Behavioral& Social Sciences Librarian 32 (1): 46-56.

 "From Physical to Virtual: Stanford Special Collections and University Archives in Second Life" in A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Our Users with Web 2.0 by Kate Theimer (published by Society of American Archivists, 2011)


Book Review: "Special Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections (Book by Beth Whittaker and Lynne M. Thomas)." Portal: Libraries and the Academy Journal
<>(published  October 2010)


More about Mattie

My career in archives began with an archival internship at the Archdiocese of San Francisco as an undergraduate and I've worked continuously in the field since then.  Seeking to be familiar with all facets of information management, I've worked in records management, political research, museums, and various other archival and library repositories. 

Before coming to Stanford in 2006, I worked at the California State Library for 9 years for State Librarian, Dr. Kevin Starr.  After Dr. Starr retired, I worked for the new State Librarian, Susan Hildreth, for two years.  I hold a masters degree in Public History from Sacramento State University and an MLIS from San Jose State University which I completed in 2005.

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You can also find copies of some my talks and papers at




MLIS, San Jose State University
MA Public History, Sacramento State University
BA History (American), University of San Francisco