Erik Mitchell
Erik T. Mitchell. Courtesy UC San Diego

UC San Diego announced Tuesday that digital information authority Erik T. Mitchell will serve as the university’s new librarian beginning in April.

Mitchell is currently associate university librarian for digital initiatives and collaborative services and associate chief information officer at UC Berkeley.

“Dr. Mitchell has been at the forefront of integrating new information technologies in libraries to find, use and create knowledge, so I am confident that his expertise will continue to help transform the way our academic community teaches, learns and conducts research,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

Mitchell will manage the library’s four locations, its vast collections, and 235 librarians and professional staff.

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to continue leading the UC San Diego iibrary into an ever-evolving digital age,” said Mitchell. “It is clear from my visits to campus and conversations with staff that the library is highly valued and I look forward to being part of the library’s efforts to meet the changing needs of UC San Diego.”

During his five years at Berkeley, Mitchell worked with vendors and University of California colleagues to select a digital imaging platform, and expanded digitization programs and comprehensive computing services for students.

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 succeeds Brian E.C. Schottlaender, who retired in June 2017.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.