University Librarian Brian Schottlaender was recognized for his stellar contributions to the library and information science professions at this year’s recent American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.
Schottlaender was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University’s Department of Information and Library Science (ILS), where he received his M.L.I.S. degree. The ILS Distinguished Alumni Award honors the exceptional skills exhibited by the alumnus, the noteworthy contributions they have made to society, and the significant influence they have made on their place of employment, community and profession.
Earlier this year, Schottlaender was named as the winner of the ALA’s Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, for his exceptional leadership and many achievements in the library world and at UC San Diego, and the University of California. Schottlaender was presented with the Atkinson award at the ALA conference.
At the time of the announcement, Nancy J. Gibbs, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair for ALA and former head of the Acquisitions Department at Duke University, lauded Schottlaender for his vision, collaboration, and willingness to take risks to achieve transformational goals:
“Brian is a visionary giant… 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…. 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); HathiTrust, Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, and Chronopolis, an effort in extensible digital preservation.”
Read the full ALA release here.