Science Reference Librarian, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Essential Duties

– Provide reference services in the physical and life sciences; coordinate and train paraprofessional staff and graduate student interns in reference. Engage researchers in the virtual and physical spaces where they seek information.
– Develop and deliver a creative, standards-based, information literacy program with a focus on early to mid-career scientists’ needs. Develop curriculum and methods; advertise, develop and provide in person and virtual training sessions.
– Assist researchers in using citation analysis tools, research analytics and citation metrics reports.
– Develop subject guides and tutorials in physical and life sciences, primarily. In consultation with others, design and develop the library websites, particularly for reference, discovery and access services.
– Customize end-user interfaces and advise on metadata or other elements to improve the user experience (e.g. configure the Discovery layer, use LibApps/LibGuides).
– Evaluate research collections and recommend changes, new additions, primarily in physical and life sciences; participate in collections analysis projects.
– Stay abreast of current developments in library and information science, reference, information literacy, discovery and access services; contribute professionally to the field through conference attendance, scholarly activity, and service to the profession (e.g. committee participation, consortial activity.)
– Perform other duties as assigned.


– Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from an American Libraries Association accredited graduate program, or equivalent combination of related experience, education and training.
– Reference experience in a research or academic library or equivalent setting.
– Knowledge of information literacy standards for research and experience using them in library instruction.
– Familiarity with information technologies for virtual reference, teaching and learning, scientific writing and publishing (e.g. citation management, citation analysis, electronic Laboratory notebooks, scientific markup, data management tools)
– Ability to develop in-person, virtual and hybrid learning modules (e.g. research guides, videos and tutorials within a curriculum.)
– Evidence of continuing interest in learning and incorporating new methods, research and technologies into library reference and outreach efforts.
– Familiarity with library service assessment, qualitative and quantitative methods, and ability to apply them.
– Knowledge of physical, life science and engineering collections and the scientific publishing landscape (publishers, vendors, packages, databases, resource collections.) Experience evaluating collections and making collection recommendations.
– Advanced verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively with a strong commitment to continuous improvement of services and to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

– Bachelor’s degree in the physical or life sciences, preferably physics, chemistry or engineering.
– Professional interest in scholarly communications, research data management, advising on domain and institutional repositories, and developing open access policies.
– Familiarity with government information resources and public access policies in the sciences.
– Experience providing guidance to researchers for data, citation and publications management; familiarity with institutional and research assessment goals, as well as research analytics services, author profiles, and citation management software.

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