May 21, 2022

The San Diego Union-Tribune Publishes Interview with UC San Diego University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender

Kudos Brian!

From the The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Some people passionately prefer print, and stiffly wave away the very notion of change.

Then there’s people like Brian Schottlaender, who loves both and who found a way to bring them together during his 18 years as UC San Diego’s head librarian.


The 64 year-old Schottlaender recently sat down with the Union-Tribune to discuss his work, and what he plans to do when he retires in June.

The interview consists of 13 questions and answers (approx. 1350 words). Here’s one exchange.

Q: Because people can get so much digitally, have you wondered whether the library will remain a place where people go?

A: No. Some librarians had those concerns initially, but I knew our student body was still growing and we knew from experience that our students, faculty, and others visited our library buildings for numerous reasons — not just to get books.

Group studies has become very popular and that requires more room and different configurations. This is why we have launched the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative. Students are still coming to the library in large numbers, but they have different needs. We are raising money to renovate spaces to better support today’s learning and research.

Read the Complete Interview

See Also: “University Librarian Helps Guide Efforts to Preserve Digitized Buddhist Art in China’s Mogao Caves”
Feb. 18, 2017.

See Also:  Brian Schottlaender, UC San Diego’s University Librarian, to Retire in June 2017 (via UCSD)
Feb. 6, 2017.



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