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Brian E. C. Schottlaender

The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego Libraries

Brian E. C. Schottlaender

Brian E. C. Schottlaender has served as The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Libraries, since 1999. Before joining the UCSD Libraries, he held positions at the UC California Digital Library, UCLA, the University of Arizona, and Indiana University.

Brian has been recognized for his efforts aimed at improving library service both within UC San Diego and in the University of California (UC) system. He has worked with digital collections, applications of supercomputing, the next generation of UC's technical services, the design and use of UC San Diego's university library buildings, and rationalizing UC's library collections. Under Brian's direction, the UC San Diego Libraries have built world-class collections and innovative services, and have excelled in the development and implementation of cutting-edge digital technologies in support of national and global digitization and digital preservation initiatives.

Brian currently serves as a member of the Hathi Trust Executive Committee, and has served as president of both ALA's Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Association of Research Libraries. He also represents UC San Diego on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, a Library of Congress initiative aimed at mapping out a national strategy for digital preservation.

Brian was recently named the Melvil Dewey Medal winner by the American Library Association in recognition of his "creative leadership of a high order." His previous awards include ALCTS's Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award and the Margaret Mann Citation.

Brian earned his B.A. degree in German Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his M.S. degree in Library Science from Indiana University, where he was admitted to Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society. In 1995, he was one of fifteen individuals selected nationally to attend the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University as a Senior Fellow.