of the Library in 1970 , visitors usually came for one of three reasons — to study , to check out books or other materials , or to attend a meeting or event . Now , in the digital age , that pattern of use has changed , and the number of reasons to go to the Library has expanded dramatically . While Geisel continues to offer quiet nooks and crannies for solitary contemplation and study , today ’ s Library has become a hub for active learning , collaborative study , and digital scholarship and media production . Advances in technology have also further enabled librarians to be proactive partners in the university-wide effort to maximize student success .
Brian E . C . Schottlaender joined UC San Diego in 1999 and became the campus ’ longest-serving university librarian when he retired in 2017 .
While the harsh budget cuts that came with the Great Recession prompted a number of library consolidations and closures during his tenure , he was quick to implement new services and resources that met the increasingly digital needs of current students and faculty . The need for technological updates also spurred the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative , launched by Schottlaender in 2015 .
In 2018 , the university appointed its sixth university librarian , Erik Mitchell . Mitchell has carried forward the work that Schottlaender initiated , prioritizing efforts to retool the public spaces of the library to meet the changing needs of today ’ s students , faculty , and the campus community . “ While few , if any , libraries are expanding to accommodate book collections , interior spaces are being updated for data visualization and digital scholarship labs , all which have been envisioned for our space ,” says Mitchell . “ Geisel Library is an architectural gem that has always signaled the future . The opening of Audrey ’ s and the recent updates to the 8 th floor have been huge benefits for students . I ’ m optimistic that our renovation to create more connected and active learning spaces will keep the Library at the forefront of innovation for UC San Diego for many years to come .”
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