January 28, 2022

Erik T. Mitchell Appointed University Librarian at UC San Diego

From UC San Diego:

Erik T. Mitchell, Ph.D. has been appointed university librarian at the University of California San Diego effective April 16, 2018. Mitchell currently serves as associate university librarian of Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services and associate chief information officer at UC Berkeley.


During his five years at UC Berkeley, Mitchell worked extensively with various leadership teams to advance the mission of the university, drawing on principles of service, shared values and collaboration. He advocated for and led a charge to incorporate preferred name services into the campus’ library systems, worked with vendors and systemwide colleagues to select a digital imaging platform that is ADA compliant and established processes to ensure that all new programs and services include diversity, equity and inclusion considerations at the design and decision-making stages. He also co-led the creation of programs for research data management, the expansion of targeted and mass digitization programs and comprehensive computing services for students. Additionally, he was integral to cross-institutional and nationally shared print initiatives and has served as co-principal investigator on funded research and development activities.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Mitchell served as an assistant professor and senior research fellow with the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and as an assistant director for Technology Services at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on the role of information design, technology and literacy in empowering and shaping information communities.


Mitchell is the author of two books, “Metadata Standards and Web Services in Libraries, Archives, and Museums” and “Cloud-Based Services for Your Library: A LITA Guide.” He has served as a columnist for the Journal of Web Librarianship and Technical Services Quarterly, and has published and presented on library IT, metadata use, and pedagogical approaches. Mitchell holds a Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He succeeds Brian E.C. Schottlaender, who retired in June 2017. Tammy Nickelson Dearie, associate university librarian for Enterprise Services, has served as interim university librarian since Schottlaender’s departure.

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