The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has named John E. Ulmschneider, dean of libraries and university librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the 2020 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Ulmschneider will receive the award on Saturday, June 27, during the ACRL President’s Program at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.
“John E. Ulmschneider’s extraordinary achievements as dean of libraries and university librarian at the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries led the committee to name him as 2020 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year,” said Jeannette E. Pierce, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee. “As dean, Ulmschneider successfully advocated for increased financial support; doubled professional staffing; championed diversity, equity, and inclusion; strengthened state and regional partnerships; and created a culture of innovation at the VCU Libraries.”
VCU became a member the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on January 1, 2018. Ulmschneider serves on the ARL Member Engagement and Outreach Committee (2019–2022).
For more details about Ulmschneider’s career and this award, see the January 22, 2020, ACRL Insider story, “John E. Ulmschneider Named 2020 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.”