Short Biography for Brian E. C. Schottlaender

Brian E. C. SchottlaenderBrian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego since 1999, is one of the most prominent leaders in the academic library world.  Under Schottlaender’s direction, the UC San Diego Library has built world-class collections and innovative services, and has excelled in the development and implementation of cutting-edge digital technologies in support of national and global digitization and digital preservation initiatives. 

Over the last decade—during Schottlaender’s tenure as UC San Diego’s University Librarian—the UC San Diego Library has risen to the ranks of the nation’s top public academic research libraries.  During this time, collection endowments at the UCSD Library has increased by almost 50%; total print and digital library holdings have increased dramatically, and journal offerings have expanded by more than 100%. Today, the Library’s vast resources and services are accessed on the World Wide Web almost 90,000 times a day.

The UC San Diego Library was the first in Southern California to partner with Google on its global book digitization project. Additionally, under Schottlaender’s leadership, the UCSD Library has played a key role in building out the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA)—an international consortium of 30 prestigious academic libraries—to facilitate user access to scholarly research materials by using digital technologies. Long a proponent of cooperation between and amongst libraries and related organizations, Schottlaender is a member of the Leadership Group of DPN, the Digital preservation Network; the Executive Committee of the SDSC, the San Diego Supercomputer Center; and of the Board of Trustees of OCLC. In addition, he chairs the Board of Governors of HathiTrust, a consortium of universities that is building one of the largest online collections of books ever assembled. He is also an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and of the governing Council of the American Library Association.

Currently, Schottlaender is an Investigator on three extramurally funded initiatives with national significance, including:

  • WEST (The Western Regional Storage Trust), an initiative funded by The Mellon Foundation to develop a distributed, shared retrospective journals repository among research libraries in the western U.S.;
  • ArchivesSpace, an initiative also funded by The Mellon Foundation to create a next-generation suite of software tools for managing archival collections; and
  • Chronopolis, an initiative funded first by the Library of Congress and now by the Digital Preservation Network to create the distributed computer infrastructure needed to collect and preserve at-risk digital information for the long term.

In 2010, Schottlaender was named the Melvil Dewey Medal winner by the American Library Association in recognition of “creative leadership of a high order.” Schottlaender, who held positions at the California Digital Library, UCLA, the University of Arizona, and Indiana University before joining UC San Diego, is also the recipient of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and the Margaret Mann Citation (2001).  

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