Following an extensive international search, the University of California is pleased to announce the appointment of Günter Waibel as the new Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library (CDL).
Waibel’s appointment will take effect in early May, 2016.
Waibel comes to the CDL with extensive experience in the digital library and broader cultural heritage communities and is well-known for his work in promoting cross-domain collaboration. In his current position as the Director of the Digitization Program Office at the Smithsonian Institution, Waibel oversees the strategic plan for creating a digital Smithsonian out of the institution’s 19 museums and 9 research centers.
Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Waibel promoted network-based solutions on behalf of an international collaborative of 140 research libraries as Program Officer for the Research Libraries Group and the OCLC Research Library Partnership.
Waibel is no stranger to the University of California. During his tenure at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in the late nineties, he supported the development of the Online Archive of California, an early program of the CDL, by participating in its advisory body and chairing subcommittees. More recently, he was a founding member of the DMPTool Steering Committee, an award-winning data management planning service hosted by the CDL. “We are very excited to be welcoming Günter Waibel as the next leader of the California Digital Library; his knowledge of the digital library landscape, his collaborative skills, and his ability to lucidly analyze and articulate complex issues in a compelling way that inspires buy-in are a perfect fit for CDL,” noted UC’s Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Programs Susan Carlson.
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