American Library Association Honors UC San Diego University Librarian

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender Wins Atkinson Award

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender Wins Atkinson Award

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender has been named the 2015 winner of the American Library Association's Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Brian will receive a cash award and citation during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this June.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

"Brian is a visionary giant in the Hugh Atkinson mold," said Nancy J. Gibbs, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair for ALA and former head of the Acquisitions Department at Duke University. "He has eloquently articulated a vision for the 21st century academic library while finding balance with the need for physical resources, services, staff, and space. He understands we must work collaboratively in order to address the most challenging concerns facing libraries today."

"The Hugh Atkinson Award recognizes risk taking as a value in library management and Brian has demonstrated taking calculated risks that have proven transformational for libraries. This is evident in just a few of the initiatives he has shepherded: the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST); Hathi Trust, Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, and Chronopolis, an effort in extensible digital preservation. His commitment to academic libraries, scholarly research and the library community as a whole are truly impressive. He can always be counted on to provide leadership, collaboration, and a keen understanding of the shifts occurring today as libraries address solutions to shared problems for the future."

UC San Diego's University Librarian since 1999, Schottlaender was an early adopter of collaborative, cutting-edge initiatives and technologies to advance digitization and digital preservation on a national and global scale. He is immediate Past Chair of the Board of Governors of HathiTrust, a consortium of universities-led by the University of California and the University of Michigan- that is building one of the largest online collections of books ever assembled. He is also an inaugural member of the Board of the Digital Preservation Network, and the UC San Diego Library was the first in Southern California to partner with Google on its global book digitization project. Schottlaender has also played a leadership role in building the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance-an international consortium of more than 30 major academic libraries-to facilitate user access to scholarly research materials from and across the Pacific.

He serves on numerous other boards, including the Board of Trustees of OCLC; the Board of Directors of the Association for Research Libraries, and the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego-based San Diego Supercomputer Center. Schottlaender received his B.A. in German Literature, ampla cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin, and his M.L.S. from Indiana University. Prior to joining UC San Diego, he held librarian positions at UCLA, University of Arizona, and Indiana University.

Over the last decade, Schottlaender has been the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership and accomplishments in the Library world, including the American Library Association's Melvil Dewey Medal (2010) for "creative leadership of a high order," and the ALA's Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) for "extraordinary service in the field of collections management."

Exhibits & Events

"National Poetry Month."

  • April 1 - April 30
  • Various Library Locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Roundtable Discussion."

  • April 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Earth Week Green Maker Fair."

  • April 22, 11:30 - 1:00pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: "I Had to Clean My Heart" A Film by Robert Schneider and Alberto Lau."

  • April 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Holocaust Living History Workshop.
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"National Preservation Week: Pop-Up Exhibits & Events."

  • April 26 - May 2
  • Geisel Library locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Randol Schoenberg, “star” of “Woman in Gold."

  • May 6, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Hojel Hall, Copley International Conference Center.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Library Chimes Featured in La Jolla Symphony Premiere."

  • May 2 and May 3
  • Mandeville Auditorium.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

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