Scientific & Technical Information Librarian (Library Professional 1/2)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Salary: $59,500 - $115,500
Created: March 13, 2023


What You Will Do
The LANL Research Library (RL) seeks a Scientific and Technical Information Librarian (Library Professional 1/2) to be an expert in unique scientific resources, serving in both digitization and customer service capacities. LANL's Research Library supports the Laboratory's paramount mission to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence by delivering essential knowledge services.

LANL Research Library collections have been 99% digital since the early 2000s and consist of over 400,000 print volumes, 35,000 journal / serial titles, 1 million technical reports, and an ever expanding collection of electronic books, databases, and other resources. We have recently embarked on a large digitization project, currently focusing on rare, historical technical reports.

The Scientific and Technical Information Librarian will join a diverse and experienced group of nearly 30 technical specialists, library professionals, software developers, project managers, system administrators, and computer scientists. The Research Library leads in its contributions to open standards in the digital library and scholarly communications communities, and we are likewise engaged participants in the research library and special science library communities of practice.

Library Professional 1 ($59,500 - $93,100)

At this level, you will:

  • Digitize technical reports and other resources containing scientific and technical information.
  • Assess collection coverage and overlap with online report repositories.
  • Ensure discoverability of resources via application of appropriate metadata, such as OSTI categories, subject headings, etc. Create, acquire, and enhance metadata for bibliographic records.
  • Serve on teams, such as the Research Library's Reports team and the Review and Approval System for Scientific and Technical Information (RASSTI) customer service team.
  • Serve on the Research Library's Service Desk team, providing reference and research consultations to LANL employees.
  • Collaborate with LANL employees to address access control and classification questions, ensuring compliance with policies.
  • Serve as a liaison for a selected research area or institutional department.

Library Professional 2 ($72,800 - $115,500)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will:

  • Actively participate in professional activities at local, regional, national, and international level.
  • Collaborate with organizations such as HathiTrust, NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center), TRAIL (Technical Report Archive and Image Library).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Demonstrated experience with digitization equipment and software for mediums such as paper, microfilm, microfiche, etc. Strong attention to detail.

Collection Management
Ability to manage reports and archival collections. Ability to research online collection holdings and evaluate overlap with print collection. Ability to acquire, maintain, and deacquisition library materials.

Cataloging / Metadata Management
Ability to follow cataloging guidelines to enhance discoverability and access to scientific resources. Ability to research metadata best practices.

Reference & Customer Service
Experience conducting complex reference and research assistance, including in-depth literature and resource searching and knowledge of key science resources and databases, such as Web of Science, SciFinder-n, and Scopus. Ability to follow regulations and procedures for scientific resource and technical report requests.

Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience in creating documentation.

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team with researchers, staff and a growing culturally diverse laboratory community.

Additional Job Requirements for Library Professional 2:

Project Management
Experience effectively managing projects, engaging stakeholders, communicating progress, delegating responsibilities, and adjusting plans as appropriate. Proven experience meeting deadlines.

Collection Management
Experience managing report and archival collections. Experience writing collections policies and procedures.

Cataloging / Metadata Management
Experience cataloging and knowledge of metadata schemas. Familiarity with crosswalking metadata schemas.

Education and Years of Relevant Experience at Lower Level: Position requires a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and 2 years of experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education and Years of Relevant Experience at Higher Level: Position requires a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and 5 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

STEM-related background or experience
Educational background or experience in a STEM-related discipline, in one of the major areas of research in the scope of the Laboratory.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM with the potential for a hybrid work arrangement (partially onsite/partially offsite) from a location within 2 hours ground commute of this location. Reporting onsite will be periodically required. Hybrid is at the discretion of management and can change at any time with appropriate notice.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time


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Published: Monday, March 13, 2023 22:11 UTC

Last updated: Monday, March 13, 2023 22:11 UTC