Malgorzata Schaefer retiring at the end of March 2020

January 23, 2020
Glynn Edwards

I am sad to announce that Malgorzata Schaefer will be retiring at the end of March after working for Stanford Libraries for 30 years. 

After a lengthy career in the Stanford Libraries, Malgorzata joined the Special Collections division in Redwood City five years ago as an archivist for small and medium incoming collections - often referred to as “accessioning-as-processing.” Over the past five years, these small and single-item collections have been made available in a matter of months for research and classes. Malgorzata has been an integral part of the Collection Services team that has been redesigning workflows and procedures for our Redwood City operation. 

Less than a year after she started, Malgorzata was asked to undertake a new role as the administrator for external exhibit loans. In this role, she works most closely with the department’s Public Services division and the Libraries’ Conservation Department in managing the loan documents, correspondence, and invoicing. She negotiates with curators, registrars and administrative staff at borrowing institutions with clarity, tact, and graciousness to insure safe conditions for our rarest collections. Materials from the Libraries’ Special Collections have traveled to museums and galleries in various cities including London, Paris, Barcelona, New York and soon to Madrid and Singapore.  

In her previous life at the Stanford Libraries, soon after the Loma Prieta earthquake, Malgorzata had joined as Assistant to the Curator for Slavic and East European Collections, managing the Exchange Program among other collection responsibilities. In the year 2000, she became the Coordinator for Library Instruction in the Information Center (IC) and closely collaborated with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric to build a cohesive program which ensured that every PWR class came to the library for a workshop with a dedicated librarian for the students. With a small team, Malgorzata created SKIL, an online information literacy tutorial consisting of modules and quizzes that tested student skills. The PWR instructors assigned SKIL as part of their coursework. 

Malgorzata took on greater responsibility, eventually becoming Head of the IC which included reference services, instruction, a print reference collection, current periodicals, interlibrary services and at that time Media & Microtext, as well as several other in-house services. She was then asked to head Information Delivery, to work with a team to pilot scan and deliver from SAL3. 

She will be sorely missed by the crew in Redwood City and colleagues and friends on campus and wish her all the best and hope she gets to continue her adventurous travels in retirement. There will be a retirement party in the last week of March in Academy Hall at Stanford Redwood City. More on that to come.

- Glynn Edwards, Assitant Director, and Roberto Trujillo, AUL for Special Collections