Acting University Librarian

July 11, 2017

Dear Members of our Campus Community,

As I announced to our campus on January 9, our University Librarian, Denise Stephens, accepted a position as the Vice Provost and University Librarian for Washington University in St. Louis. I would like to thank her again for her six years of dedicated leadership and service to our campus.

We have already begun a national search for our next University Librarian, and a search advisory committee has been formed and was announced in my memo to the campus on April 3. We are grateful to Professor Bruce Tiffney and the search committee members for their dedicated efforts.

Following consultation with Executive Vice Chancellor Marshall, the Academic Senate, administrative colleagues, and other members of our campus community, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Alan Grosenheider, Deputy University Librarian, has agreed to serve as our Acting University Librarian, effective July 1, 2017.

Alan has served as our Deputy University Librarian since 2012, providing leadership and program oversight of Library activities associated with promoting overall Library effectiveness, as well as serving as the proxy for the University Librarian.

Prior to coming to our Santa Barbara campus, Alan served as the Associate University Librarian for Personnel, Administration, and Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library from 2010 to 2012. He was Assistant to the University Librarian at UH from 2007 to 2010. Alan began his career at the University of Washington Libraries, where he served as the Head of the South Asia Section from 2000 to 2004 and as the International Studies Cataloging Librarian from 1995 to 2000.

We are delighted that Alan is willing to assume the responsibilities of this important acting position, and we appreciate his ongoing service to our campus.


Henry T. Yang