UC San Diego’s Chief Librarian Earns
2007 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

March 5, 2007

By Paul Mueller

Photo Brian E. C. Schottlaender
Brian E. C. Schottlaender, University Librarian at UC San Diego, has earned the 2007 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded the 2007 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award was announced in ALA’s online journal last week.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a distinguished library leader, author, and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those in the field.

 “Schottlaender's contributions to the profession and to ALCTS consist of a wide variety of leadership roles including president of ALCTS and the Association of Research Libraries,” said Charles Wilt, the association’s executive director. “He led both organizations through a strategic planning process that positioned them for a stronger future.  He has contributed to the advancement of cataloging through his role in the formation of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and through his dedication and leadership; he has played a critical role in moving the cataloging code into the 21st century.  His contributions have been recognized by the Margaret Mann Citation and the Best of Cataloging & Classification award.”

Fran Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, which works closely with the campus libraries, said, "Brian's vision for the library community and the UCSD Libraries has propelled the national community forward, as recognized by this highly prestigious award. He has crafted an unprecedented relationship between the UCSD Libraries and SDSC, enabling our partnership to provide national leadership in the area of digital data management, stewardship, and preservation."

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my colleagues in the field,” Schottlaender said. “My accomplishments, such as they are, are really a testament to the collaborative working relationships I have enjoyed over the years – and to the extraordinary staff here at the UC San Diego Libraries.”

Schottlaender has been UC San Diego’s chief librarian since September 1999.  His 25-plus-year career in libraries has included positions at the California Digital Library; UCLA; the University of Arizona; Indiana University; and the European booktrade.

He has served as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and in 2001, he was elected to the board of directors of the Center for Research Libraries, a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. 

At UC San Diego, Schottlaender is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Supercomputer Center.  Since 1999, he has served as an investigator on a dozen research projects with more than $6 million in funding from the Luce Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the California State Library, the National Library of Medicine, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation. He currently serves as co-principal investigator on a $1 million project underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
A member of the ALA since 1979, Schottlaender served on the Board of Directors of ALCTS from 1996 through 2005.  He served as the association’s president in 2003–2004.  From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Schottlaender served as the ALA representative to the international Joint Steering Committee for Revision of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules.  In 1997 and 1998, he chaired the Program for Cooperative Cataloging at the Library of Congress.  From 1999 through 2001 he served as Chair of the Pacific Rim Digital Alliance, and since 1999 he has chaired the San Diego Library Circuit consortium. 


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