Acting Leader, Research Library Group, NIST Research Library (April 2018-present)
Research Librarian, NIST Research Library (1997-present)
Science Reference Librarian, Georgetown University (1989-1997)
Coordinator, Computer Assisted Search Services, Texas Tech University (1986-1989)
Reference Librarian/Bibliographer in the Life Sciences, Texas Tech University (1984-1986)
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, Luther College
Susan Makar is the Acting Leader of the Research Library Group in the Information Services Office (ISO). Susan directs the acquisition of various library resources and implements ISO's vision through customer centered services. Her work involves coordinating ISO's Lab Librarian Program and assessing the impact of NIST's research and technology transfer activities. She is the Lab Librarian for the Program Coordination Office (PCO).
Susan holds a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor's degree in biology (pre-med focus) from Luther College. She has over 30 years of experience working in sci-tech libraries and has worked as a librarian at NIST for over 20 years.
Prior to NIST, Susan worked as the science reference librarian at Georgetown University where she developed an expertise in chemical information resources, serving both the University's science faculty and graduate/undergraduate programs.
NIST Sigma Xi Chapter Award for Outstanding Services in support of NIST Research Scientists (2011) - For her "excellence in the application of internet technology to gather information needed for the conduct of research at NIST."
Technology Services Customer Service Excellence Award (2010)
Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award (2003) - With Tze F. Chu and Barbara P. Silcox, "for talented and innovative leadership in the redesign of the NIST Virtual Library (NVL), culminating in the launch of the Next Generation NVL."