Roger Smith Named UC San Diego Library’s Associate University Librarian of Scholarly Resources and Services

Nationwide search results in appointment of top library professional with extensive digital collection development and project management experience

Today, the University of California San Diego Library announced the appointment of Roger Smith as the new associate university librarian, scholarly resources and services (AUL-SRS). Smith, who has been serving as interim AUL since July 2019 and program director for Scholarship Tools and Methods (STM) concurrently, assumed his new position on Monday, October 12.

“After an extensive search, we are delighted to offer Roger this most important role at the Library, and even more thrilled that he has accepted,” said Audrey Geisel University Librarian Erik Mitchell. “He has consistently proven his ability to lead and innovate, which will benefit the Library as we continue to expand our offerings to the UC San Diego community through the use of emerging technology. His expertise in digital collections and services will help the Library continue to evolve and keep pace with the latest trends in library science.”

As AUL-SRS, Smith will leverage his exceptional skills in digital collection development and project management to continue leading the development and management of the UC San Diego Library’s collections as well as framing the STM program to focus on trends in scholarly communications and emerging approaches to scholarship. The AUL-SRS portfolio includes leadership with Program Directors in Collection Development and Management; Collection Acquisitions and Resource Sharing; Metadata Services; Research Data Curation; Scholarship Tools & Methods and Special Collections & Archives.

Smith joined UC San Diego in 2008 as the Library’s director of the Preservation Department before transitioning to his role of program director for the Digital Library Development Program (DLDP) in March 2013. Prior to his time at UC San Diego, Roger served as the assistant head for access services at Rutgers University Libraries.

“I am honored to accept this position, and I look forward to continuing to oversee the UC San Diego Library resource development work,” said Smith. “As a team, we plan to continue to acquire and provide impactful resources and tools that benefit our users; from the technology employed to support scholarship and research data to the wide range of physical and digital resources we collect—the UC San Diego community can expect more great things on this front in the coming years.”

Smith has over 25 years of experience working in libraries and received a master’s degree in communication and information studies from Rutgers University in 2002 and his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers in 1995. In 2018, he attended the Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries and served as president of the Librarians’ Association of the University of California.

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