University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, to Retire in June 2017

Posted On: February 6, 2017

Following 18 years of extraordinary service as UC San Diego’s University Librarian, Brian E. C. Schottlaender has announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2017.

Brian Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

“University Librarian Schottlaender has been an effective and highly respected leader for the UC San Diego Library, and he will be deeply missed,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Peter Cowhey, in a notice sent to the campus earlier. “He is nationally recognized in his field and has led several collaborative initiatives to advance digitization and digital preservation on the UC system-wide, national and global scales. During his tenure at UC San Diego, print and digital offerings in our Library expanded by more than 50% and the number of collection endowments doubled.”

Schottlaender’s “transformational leadership,” was credited with the UC San Diego Library’s current status as one of the top academic libraries in the nation, along with his “bold and visionary approach to navigating the evolving role of the academic library and in reshaping Library resources and services to best meet the changing needs of the academic community.”

Most recently, Schottlaender launched the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), with a generous gift from longtime friend and supporter, Audrey Geisel. The GLRI seeks to renovate the interior public spaces of—Geisel Library—the university’s most iconic building, to meet the needs of today’s students and scholars. In 2007, Schottlaender was named The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, an honor bestowed by another generous gift from Audrey Geisel. Schottlaender has also been the recipient of some of the American Library Association’s (ALA) most prestigious awards, including the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award in 2015 and the Melvil Dewey Medal in 2010, for his bold approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing libraries and universities in the digital age.

In response to the growing demand at the university for cyberinfrastructure, Schottlaender collaborated with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Calit2, and other campus partners to build the technological and human capacity to manage and curate the vast amount of digital data generated by UC San Diego faculty and researchers. Today, the Library plays an increasingly critical role in managing and curating research data, and rendering it discoverable by scholars and the public.

Among his achievements, Schottlaender served as lead curator of the Online Archive of California (OAC), an early effort to make library special collections and archives accessible online. He was also instrumental in developing the HathiTrust initiative, a consortium of universities led by the University of California and the University of Michigan, which has become one of the largest online collections of books supporting scholarly work, ever assembled. He was an inaugural member of the Board of the Digital Preservation Network, and led UC San Diego Library’s partnership with Google to build a global digital library. He also helped lead the development of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a groundbreaking shared print journal repository serving university and research libraries. Now in its seventh year with 74 partner libraries, WEST has become a model for other library consortia. Schottlaender also guided the development of the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, an international consortium of more than 35 major Pacific Rim academic libraries. Recently, the Library entered into collaboration agreements with Chinese and German universities.

Following Schottlaender’s retirement, UC San Diego’s Associate University Librarian for Enterprise Services, Tammy Nickelson Dearie, will serve as Interim University Librarian while a national search is conducted for his successor.

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Posted On: February 6, 2017

Upcoming Library Workshops for February and March: visit library.ucsd.edu/services/instruction/workshops-at-the-library for descriptions, times, locations (some are at Geisel, others at BLB), and links to register.

  • Getting Started with Research Data – Feb 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Managing Citations: Which Tool to Use? – Feb 16, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • PubMed Essentials – Feb 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Online – Feb 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substances and Reactions – Feb 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Desktop – March 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Zotero – March 7, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Zotero Drop-in Clinic – March 7, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Mendeley – March 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Valentine’s Day Free Screening of the Movie “Loving”

Posted On: February 3, 2017

The Library’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is proud to sponsor an exhibit located in Geisel West on the 1st floor to promote the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD)’s screening of the movie Loving.  The FREE screening will be held on:

Tuesday, February 14

Price Center Theatre

6:00 PM

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. The film has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Joel Edgerton and Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for Ruth Negga.

OPHD’s mission is to educate the UC San Diego community about issues of bias, harassment and discrimination, and to assist with the prevention and resolution of these issues in a fair and responsible manner. In 2002, OPHD started Sex in the Cinema, sponsoring free screenings that highlight themes of sex and gender in popular films. Now, they also select films that include themes about race, religion, disability or veteran’s status and other protected categories and they pose questions to the audience before the film starts to increase awareness of bias, harassment and discrimination issues. The films provide a compelling forum for OPHD to engage the campus community through cinematic depictions of gender, race and other stereotypes, harassment and discrimination, and to advertise resources available to students and campus affiliates. For more information visit, ophd.ucsd.edu/programs/sex-in-cinema.

10th Anniversary ArtPower Student New Media Festival

Posted On: February 2, 2017

Interested in entering ArtPower’s Student New Media Festival? The Digital Media Lab @ Geisel Library has you covered when it comes to the tools and software you need to create your video submission. Visit the DML’s website for more information: library.ucsd.edu/dml.

Cambridge Structural Database – 2017 Release

Posted On: February 2, 2017

The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) for 2017 is now available to download for Windows, OSX, and Linux (32 and 64-bit). While you can use always search the Cambridge Structural Database of 800,000+ crystal structures via CSDWeb, CSDS gives you access to that database, PLUS the full suite of products from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, including Mercury software for 3D printing and CSD Python API.

To download:

  • Go to the UC distribution site and 1) download the files for your operating system, and 2) select the San Diego (UCSD) link for our site and registration codes. You will need to enter these during the installation or the first time you run one of the CSDS programs.
    • This page is IP restricted. You must be on the campus network or on VPN to access this page.
    • You can also download the files directly from CCDC, but you still need those UCSD site and registration codes. They’ll email you the download links.
  • Download the files for your operating system and complete the installation. You may be prompted first to uninstall the 2016 CSDS.
  • All documentation, including the release and installation notes and guides and tutorials for each program can be found on the CSDS website.

Please contact tmvogel@ucsd.edu if you have any questions about the Cambridge Structural Database System.

Uncovering Implicit Bias: The Impact of Bias on Health Disparities

Posted On: February 2, 2017

What influences how we see and interpret other people? How are our perceptions of social groups created and shaped, sometimes before we meet an individual within that group? How are stereotypes formed, and what factors allow them to progress to prejudice and discrimination?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

5:00 – 6:30 PM

UC San Diego students Jinnie Chang and Naeemah Munir are familiar with implicit bias, and have witnessed first-hand how it can play out in health care settings. They will discuss how participants can uncover their own implicit bias—and will shed light on how bias can affect health outcomes and how bias among healthcare professionals can perpetuate health disparities among marginalized groups. The first step to uncovering implicit bias is to acknowledge and accept our own personal biases. Read more…

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