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November 30, 2005

University Librarian Named President
of Association of Research Libraries

By Paul K. Mueller

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, university librarian at UCSD, was elected president of the Association of Research Libraries at the recent membership meeting of the association in Washington, D.C. ARL comprises the leading research libraries in the U.S. and Canada. UCSD became a member of ARL in 1973.

Schottlaender succeeds Ann Wolpert, director of libraries for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and will serve a one-year term.

A member of the ARL board of directors since 2001, Schottlaender was elected ARL’s vice president/president-elect in 2004. That same year, he was also 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.

Schottlaender chaired the ARL task force on strategic planning in 2004, and has served on numerous committees for the association, addressing issues such as access to information resources, intellectual property and copyrights, and portal applications.

Schottlaender has been UCSD’s chief librarian since September 1999. His 20-plus-year career in libraries has included positions at the California Digital Library; UCLA; the University of Arizona; Indiana University; and Firma Harrassowitz in Wiesbaden, Germany, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected library booksellers and subscription agents.

At UCSD, Schottlaender is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He currently serves as principal or co-principal investigator on three extramurally funded projects totaling $1.6 million: one each underwritten by the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A member of the American Library Association (ALA) since 1979, Schottlaender served on the Board of Directors of ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (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.

Schottlaender has edited two books: The Future of the Descriptive Cataloging Rules: Proceedings of the AACR 2000 Preconference (1998) and Retrospective Conversion: History, Approaches, Considerations (1992). He has contributed articles to various professional journals, including Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, Journal of Internet Cataloging, the Bowker Annual, and Portal, and has spoken widely on collections, bibliographic access, and digital library issues.

Schottlaender obtained his B.A. degree in German Studies from the University of Texas, Austin in 1974 (ampla cum laude). He received his M.S. degree in Library Science from Indiana University in 1980, the same year he was admitted to Beta Phi Mu, the Library Science 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. Mr. Schottlaender was the 2001 recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation from the American Library Association for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging and classification. In 2004, his article, “Why Metadata? Why Me? Why Now?” was cited by Cataloging and Classification Quarterly as its article of the year.

The Association of Research Libraries is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communications and the public policies that affect research libraries and the communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is located on the Web at

Media Contacts: Paul K. Mueller, (858) 534-8564.


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