February 6, 2018

Dear Members of our Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kristin Antelman as our next University Librarian, effective April 1, 2018.

Kristin is currently the University Librarian at the California Institute of Technology, where she has served since 2014. In this position, she is directly responsible for the leadership and direction of five libraries and Archives and Special Collections. Prior to joining the California Institute of Technology library, she was the Associate Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University from 2002-2014. She holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago.

Kristin is an excellent fit for our UCSB Libraries and campus and her background makes her ideally suited to lead our libraries into the future. She brings a strong commitment to advancing scholarship and research, expanding library access and services, and implementing new technologies at the library.

At the California Institute of Technology, she has been a strong proponent of increasing library services and leading the way in providing new library infrastructure, including an open-access repository for the worldwide dissemination of Caltech research. She realigned the library budget to eliminate fees to reduce barriers to access. She also redesigned library services around an Open Science framework and implemented a research data repository. At North Carolina State, Kristin oversaw the technology program for the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, which received the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries.

I would like to thank the members of our search advisory committee, led by Chair Bruce Tiffney, for conducting a rigorous national search for this important position. The members of the committee are listed below. We would also like to thank our Academic Senate Chair Henning Bohn, Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall, Vice Chancellors, Deans, faculty and staff colleagues, students, and many members of our campus community who provided important consultation, input, and advice throughout the search process. We are also deeply grateful for the dedicated leadership that has been provided during this critical interim period by our Acting University Librarian Alan Grosenheider.

Our libraries are at the heart of the academic life of our campus, and we look forward to Kristin’s dynamic and visionary leadership. Please join us in welcoming her to our campus community.


Henry T. Yang


Search Advisory Committee for the University Librarian

Bruce Tiffney, Chair, Professor, Earth Science; former Dean, College of Creative Studies
Gerardo Aldana, Professor and Chair, Chicana & Chicano Studies
Kevin Almeroth, Professor, Computer Science
Josephine Ampaw, Student Advocate General, Associated Students
Stephanie Batiste, Associate Professor, English and Black Studies
Jim Caesar, Staff Representative, Campus Emergency Manager
Jean Carlson, Professor, Physics
Ljiljana Coklin, Lecturer, Writing Program
Amr El Abbadi, Professor, Computer Science
James Frew, Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Matt Hall, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer
Margaret Klawunn, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Werner Kuhn, Jack and Laura Dangermond Endowed Chair, Geography; Director, Center for Spatial Studies
Ryan Lynch, Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian
David McIntosh, President, Graduate Student Association
Rebecca Metzger, Assistant University Librarian for Outreach & Academic Collaboration
Jeffrey Milem, Dean, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Daisy Muralles, Special Research Collections Library Assistant
Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Professor and Chair, Asian American Studies
Miriam Wattles, Associate Professor, History of Art & Architecture

Ex Officio:
Ricardo Alcaíno, Director, Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Prevention