Library Advisory Board

The Laboratory recognizes that a strong and high quality research library is a fundamental component required to support the Laboratory's broad-based effort in science and engineering research. Rapid changes in information technology, scholarly communication, and publishing, coupled with the rise of digital library capabilities, require the Laboratory to consider the evolution of the Library. It is for this general purpose that the Library Advisory Board is constituted.



John Yeager, Chair M-9: Shock and Detonation Physics
Petr Anisimov AOT-AE: Accelerators and Electrodynamics
Benjamin Davis MPA-11: Materials Synthesis & Integrated Devices
Matthew Durham P-25: Subatomic Physics
Franz Freibert MST-16: Nuclear Materials Science
Peter Hraber T-6: Theoretical Biology and Biophysics
Nina Lanza ISR-2: Space and Remote Sensing
Amy Lee C-NR: Nuclear & Radiochemistry
Allan Marcus SAE-DO: Software/Applications
Benjamin Sims CCS-6: Statistical Sciences
Jim Smith GS-NNS: Nuclear Nonproliferation & Security
Teresa Ann Terrazas/Erin Atencio FCI: Feynman Center for Innovation
Vince Thomas XCP-8: Verification and Analysis
Davis Thomsen NEN-3: International Threat Reduction
Rod Whitaker EES-17: Geophysics
Frances Knudson, SRO-RL Ex–Officio Research Library Group Leader
Helen Boorman, SRO-RL Board Coordinator
Bill Priedhorsky, SRO Program Director



The Laboratory recognizes that a strong and high quality research library is fundamental to the Laboratory's broad-based effort in science and engineering research and development. Rapid changes in information technology, scholarly communication, and publishing, coupled with the continuing evolution of digital library capabilities, implies that the Library will be ever evolving towards the “Library of the Future.”  We seek continuous improvement of the services that the Library delivers to its stakeholders. Success in this evolution depends on input and advice from the Library’s stakeholders.


The Library Advisory Board is chartered to formalize that stakeholder voice. It advises the Library, and the Science Resource Office (SRO) more broadly, on stakeholder needs, and priorities for the Laboratory resources that are invested by the Library. The Research Library Director seeks advice from the Board, which is an independent advisory body that makes its own recommendations. Those recommendations are informed by Library advice and data, and an open dialog between the Board and the Library.  


This Library Advisory Board meets on a regular basis as convened by the chair, and may go into executive session without SRO/Library participation. The 10-15 members represent an R&D division or set of divisions, and are appointed on a three-year, rotating term of office by Division Leaders. Each member should be committed to communicating to their groups and division(s) and soliciting their input. The chair is appointed by PADSTE, based on recommendations by the Science Resource Office (SRO) Director, drawing from division nominations. The Research Library Group Leader will attend the meetings as an ex officio, non-voting member.


The Board will:

  • Advocate to the Research Library for Laboratory-wide needs for digital scholarly information resources
  • Recommend paths to extend Research Library services to include the full range of Lab missions, from fundamental research to classified programs
  • Recommend priorities for the Library of the Future, including modern services, collaborative tools, and research impact and scholarly communications / Science  2.0
  • Recommend approaches and practices for the preservation and accessibility of Lab-generated scientific content

Priorities for these topics are articulated in the Library Strategic plan; the Board will approve any significant changes in that plan. The Board will advise the Library Director on a regular basis, and present an in-person summary of its recommendations to PADSTE annually.


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