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Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services
Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
Julie Sweetkind-Singer


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Branner Library

Julie's role in the library

I am the subject specialist for maps and geospatial information systems data.  In that role, I oversee purchasing of digital and paper maps as well as geospatial information.  I answer questions related to the discovery and use of these materials.  

Much of my time is spent managing project work such as acquiring and cataloging collections of rare maps, fostering relationships with the map community to gain access to private collections for scanning purposes, and working directly with faculty and students to find and use these materials.

We have currently released a search engine, EarthWorks, that allows for geospatial discovery, exploration and downloading.

Course Guides by Julie

Course number Term Guide Instructor
GES 55Q Winter 2016 GES 55Q: The California Gold Rush Dennis K Bird

Professional activities

Current activities

National Geospatial Advisory Committee (2014-2016), Chair 2016, Vice-chair 2015
Advisory Board Member, Geospatial Data Preservation Clearinghouse
Advisory Board Member, Geographic Information Literacy Project
Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML)
American Library Association, Map and Geospatial Round Table (MAGIRT)
Faculty, California Rare Book School (2013, 2015)

Prior activities

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Map and Geography Libraries
Cartographic Users Advisory Committee (CUAC) for WAML
Faculty, Australasian Rare Book School (January 2015)

Selected publications

Austin, Robert, J. Sweetkind-Singer and D. DiSera, "The Changing Geospatial Landscape: A Second Look." National Geospatial Advisory Committee, December 2015.

Sweetkind-Singer, J. and A. Hodge. Salmon Data on the Hook: Preserving Scientific Data for the Future. Western Region Colloquium, United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, July 14, 2014.  (video link here)

Sweetkind-Singer, J. Digital Philanthropy: Increasing Access through Donor Collaboration. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, v.9, no. 1-2, 2013.

Sweetkind-Singer, J. Herbert Hoover: A Geologist in Training. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, v.6, no. 2, 2010.

Sweetkind-Singer, J. Guest Editor, Preservation of Geospatial Materials, Special Issue, Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, v.6, no. 1, 2010.

Erwin, T. and J. Sweetkind-Singer. The National Geospatial Digital Archive: A Collaborative Project to Archive Geospatial Data.Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, v.6, no. 1, 2010.

Sweetkind-Singer, J., T. Erwin, and M.L. Larsgaard. Legal Agreements Governing Archiving Partnerships: The NGDA Approach. Archiving 2009, May 4-7, 2009.

Sweetkind-Singer, J. Uncharted Territory: Building a Network for the Archiving of Geospatial Images and Data. Against the Grain, v. 21, no. 2, April 2009.

Erwin, T., J. Sweetkind-Singer, and M.L. Larsgaard. The National Geospatial Digital Archive - Collection Development: Lessons Learned. Library Trends, v. 57, n. 3, Winter 2009.

Sweetkind-Singer, J., M.L. Larsgaard, and T. Erwin. Digital Preservation of Geospatial Data. Library Trends, v. 55, n. 2, Fall 2006.

Thiry, C. (Ed.) & J. Sweetkind-Singer. (Regional Ed.). Guide to U.S. Map Resources. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.

Erwin, T. and J. Sweetkind-Singer. Integrating the Hoover Map Collection at Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections. Information Bulletin, v. 35, no.3, 2004.

Sweetkind-Singer, J., M. Powers, and C. Derksen. Stanford Geological Survey Access Project. Information Bulletin, v. 34, n.3, 2003.

Derksen, C. and J. Sweetkind-Singer. Accessing and preserving field maps and notebooks: the Stanford Geological Survey Map and Field Notebook Access Project. Geoscience Information Society Proceedings, 2002.

Sweetkind-Singer, J., and M.J. Williams. Supporting the Needs of Geographic Information Systems Users in an Academic Library. Science & Technology Libraries, v. 21, issue 3/4, 2001. (Co-published in Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer.)

Rumsey, D., P. Hoehn, and J. Sweetkind. The Rumsey Collection Goes Online. Information Bulletin, v. 32, n. 2, 2001.

Derksen, C.R.M., J.K. Sweetkind-Singer, and M.J. Williams. The Place Of Geographic Information System Services in a Geoscience Information Center. Geoscience Information Society Proceedings, v. 31, 2001.

Sweetkind, J. State of the Art: David Rumsey's Online Map Collection. Mercator's World, Sept./Oct. 2000.

Heckrotte, W., ed. and J. Sweetkind, assistant ed. (1999) California 49: Forty-Nine Maps of California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present. San Francisco: California Map Society.


MLIS (Library and Information Science): San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
MBA: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
BA (English/History): University of Colorado, Boulder, CO