Lisa S. Nickum

Associate Librarian
Systems Discovery Librarian
Lisa NickumAs Systems Discovery Librarian, Lisa ensures robust library systems that facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources in both the physical and digital realms. She takes a service-centric approach to improve access to and promote library materials for the Mines community. In addition to this, she has a strong area of interest ensuring library users have knowledge of and access to grey information produced outside of the regular information channels. This stems from her initial library positions working with government information. Her research interests include: ensuring federally funded technical reports are accessible for researchers; increasing research skills in using government information, especially environmental legislation and regulations; and taking advantage of XML technologies to transform and/or manipulate bibliographic data to increase availability.  Her personal passions include exploring national parks, hiking in Colorado and the surrounding states, and camping with her family.


Library Room #180
(303) 273-3695
Contact for: Library Technology; Prospector; Technical Reports; Government Information
Department Contact for: Applied Math and Statistics; Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • M.S.L.I.S, University of North Carolina
  • B.S. Music History, University of New Mexico

Selected Publications

  • Nickum, Lisa S. “Regulate this! Federal Regulations” webinar for North Carolina Library Association’s Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian Webinars on April 16, 2014
  • Gerke , Jennie, Lisa Nickum, and Barbara Whalen. In My Backyard (Part 1): Locally Grown: Federal Information Sources for your Neighborhood, presented at the Six-State Virtual Government Information Conference, August 8, 2012.
  • Nickum, Lisa S. 2008. Presented information on energy and the environment from the Government Information in the 21st Century Kids Stuff module for the Jefferson County Public School’s JeffCo Share Fair in April 2008.
  • Nickum, Lisa S. 2007. Presented energy and mining/minerals submodules of the larger Energy and Natural Resources Module at the Train the Trainers Conference in June 2007.
  • Nickum, Lisa S. 2006. Elusive No Longer? Increasing Accessibility to the Federally Funded Technical Report Literature. The Reference Librarian. No. 94, 2006. p. 33-51
  • Nickum, Lisa S, 2006. Marit Taylor, and Louise Treff-Gangler. “Managing a Tangible Collection in the Electronic Age: Collection Management Focus Group” Five-State Depository Conference. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, August 4, 2006.
  • Nickum, Lisa S. 2003. Federal Government Information in the 21st Century: Public Access Issues. In: Proceedings of the 37th Meeting of the Geoscience Information Society, Oct. 27-30, Denver, CO, v. 33, Dunn, Lisa G, ed, p. 35-44.

Professional Activities

  • Colorado School of Mines Committees:
    • Colorado School of Mines Faculty Senate (1999-2002, 2018-2021)
    • Mines Library Technology Initiatives Committee (2017-present)
    • Mines Digitial User Experience Team (2020-present)
    • Mines Collection Management Committee (2015-present)
    • Mines Institutional Repository Steering Committee (2018-2022)
  • Professional Memberships/Activities:
    • Technical Reports and Image Archive (TRAIL), member
      • TRAIL Chair (2021-present)
      • TRAIL Vice Chair/Chair Elect (2019-2021)
      • TRAIL Metrics Working Group (2018-present), member
      • TRAIL Collections Working Group (2021-present), member