ATG Star of the Week: Mitchell Brown, Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator, University of California Irvine

Mitchell Brown
Title:
Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator
Organization: University of California Irvine
Website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mcbrown

Born and Lived: Born in Colorado.  Raised in Utah until 3 then moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela.  Later moved to The Hauge, Netherlands for elementary school.  Returned to Central Texas briefly then middle school and high school in Arvada, Colorado.  Undergraduate in Pittsburgh and graduate degree in Austin, Texas.  Professional positions in Baton Rouge, LA and Princeton, NJ.  Currently living in Costa Mesa CA and working in Irvine CA.

Professional Career and Activities:

  • Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies at University of California Irvine    2005 – present
  • and Scholarly Communications Coordinator at University of California Irvine  2011 – present
  • Interim Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy Librarian at University of California Irvine   2006-07, 2008
  • Mathematics and Physics Librarian at Princeton University  2000-2005
  • Plasma Physics Librarian at Princeton University   1999-2001
  • Head, Chemistry Library at Louisiana State University   1994-1999

Family: Four sisters, four nephews, and one niece. Father retired and living in Huntsville TX.  Mother deceased.

In My Spare Time: I write short stories and paint with oils.

Favorite Books: Solar, Ian McEwan; Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens; Love Is a Dog from Hell, Charles Bukowski

Pet Peeves: California drivers who merge in front and don’t signal before changing lanes.  Having personal habits that are other people’s pet peeves.  Sleet and ice storms.

Philosophy: Seize the day and revel in your time.  Build for today and hope for tomorrow.

Most Memorable Career Achievement: Elected President of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC) 2011/12.   Curating an exhibit of personal papers of 1995 Chemistry Nobel Laureate F. Sherwood Rowland for the University of California Libraries.  The exhibit opens November 18, 2011.

Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Transition from print-based collection development to electronic collections for monographs and grey literature.

How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: Electronic distribution of monographs will predominate with the widescale adoption of portable readers.  Most 4-year colleges and universities will offer one-third to one-half of courses as online courses.  I see fewer individual or family operations as consolidation of book sellers creates a smaller number of large scale book selling enterprises.

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