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Helen B Josephine

Head of the Terman Engineering Library


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Helen's role in the library

I am responsible for the overall management of the Terman Engineering Library and I am also one of three Engineering Librarians for Outreach, Instruction, and Electronic Resources. I am the subject liaison to the Departments of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Electrical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, and these units with the School of Engineering: Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford Continuing Professional Development and the Dean's Office. I provide instruction support for PWR courses, the Technical Communication Program and teach workshops on various topics at the Engineering Library.

Course Guides by Helen

Course number Term Guide Instructor
PWR 1GWT Winter 2014 Money for "Nothing" : The Rhetoric of the Silicon Valley Trump, W.
PWR 1JS Spring 2015 Beyond DNA: The Omics Revolution Stonaker, J.
PWR 1ST Winter 2016 The Rhetoric of Biomedical Ethics Starkman, R.
ENGR 202W Autumn, Winter, Spring ENGR 202W: Technical writing Harrison, K
PWR 1KE Spring 2013 The Science of Sports Myers, K.
PWR 2GMB Fall 2014 The Life and Death and Life of Objects Moyer, G.
PWR 2JS Fall 2014 Eureka!: The Rhetoric of the Scientist Jennifer Stonaker
PWR 2ST Fall 2014 Science, Democracy and Social Media Starkman, R.
PWR1AB Winter 2016 Podcasts to Broadcasts: The Rhetoric of Radio Angela Becerra Vidergar

Professional activities


CRC Press Library Advisory Board

McGraw-Hill Library Advisory Board for Access Science and Access Engineering

Professional Assocations

ASEE, Engineering Libraries Division
SLA, Silicon Valley Chapter, Science and Technology Division, Engineering Division
ALA, ACRL, Science and Technology Division
PMI, Project Management Institute, Silicon Valley Chapter


Selected publications


Ebooks in the corporate sector, FreePint webinar, July 30, 2015

Overleaf for Collaboration, Digital Science Seminar, San Francisco, April 22, 2015

The Hunter Forum, ALA Midwinter, January 2014

The new Stanford Engineering Library,  SLA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 2011


Trudell, E. & Josephine, H.B. FreePint Report: Ebook Research 2015

Josephine, H. B. (2013). Organize, collaborate, cite : Tools to help students and researchers. Library Connect, 11(November), 12–13.

Josephine, H.B. (2011). The New Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Library – Where Digital is King.  SLA Future Ready blog, March 10, 2011.

Josephine, H.B. (2010). Evolving Library Environments: The Terman Engineering Library at Stanford University. ASEE Engineering Library Division Newsletter, December 2010.

Josephine, H. B. (1995). Fee-based services: an option for meeting the information needs of the business community. The Reference Librarian, 23(49-50), 195–203.

Haak, J., Josephine, H. B., & Miyataki, G. (1995). Information Services and Economic Development. Journal of Library Administration, 20(3-4), 57–79.

Coffman, S., & Josephine, H. (1991). Doing It for Money. Library Journal, 116(17), 32–36.

Josephine, H. (1989). Intrapreneurship in fee-based information services. Journal of Library Administration.

Josephine, H. B. (1989). In defense of FIRST and freedom of access to information. College & Research Libraries News.

Josephine, H. B., & Blouin, D. K. (1986). New reference sources on women: an analysis and proposal. The Reference Librarian, 15, 109–122.

Josephine, H. B. (1983). Women’s Wages: Materials on Pay Equity. Collection Building, 5(3), 68–72.

Josephine, H. (1982). All Things Being Equal: Pay Equity for Library Workers. Wilson Library Bulletin.

Josephine, H. (1980). Electronic Mail: The Future is Now. Online.

More about Helen

I joined the Stanford Libraries in March 2007 just as the planning for the new Terman Engineering Library was starting.  My previous library experience includes being a research and projects librarian at Intel, database trainer at Thomson, research librarian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Arizona State University.  My interests include the researcher workflow, managing and facilitating the use of large multi-disciplinary data-sets, developing electronic books and project management.


PMP Certification, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, PA
MLIS, School of Library and Information Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA
BA, English Literature, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL