Marje Schuetze-Coburn has been appointed head of the USC Libraries on an interim basis, effective June 1.
The announcement by USC Provost C. L. Max Nikias follows the decision of Jerry D. Campbell, USC’s current dean of the University Libraries and chief information officer, to assume the presidency of the Claremont Theological School.
Schuetze-Coburn will serve as dean of the USC Libraries until the position is permanently filled. Her appointment coincides with the university’s reorganization of the Information Services Division into two separate departments: the USC Libraries and Information Technology Services.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to direct the USC Libraries during this period of change,” Schuetze-Coburn said.
“My goal is to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. I am optimistic that the reorganization will enable the libraries to improve services for all our users. A national search will allow the university to find a high-caliber replacement for Dean Campbell,” she said.
Schuetze-Coburn is currently the associate dean for faculty affairs for the University Libraries, associate executive director of the Special Libraries and Archival Collections (SLAC) and the Feuchtwanger Librarian.
She earned bachelor degrees in German and history from UC Berkeley, as well as a Masters of Library Science and a master’s degree in history from UCLA.
“Marje Schuetze-Coburn is an exceptionally experienced and qualified professional who is deeply devoted to the USC Libraries. She and I have already begun to develop a productive and positive working relationship, and I very much look forward to working with her,” said Barry Glassner, USC’s executive vice provost.
Schuetze-Coburn’s USC career spans a 17-year period. In 1989, she was hired as the cataloger for the Feuchtwanger Collection. In 1991, she became the Feuchtwanger Librarian and Curator. In 2001, she was appointed director of SLAC.
The Feuchtwanger Collection includes the correspondence, writings, photographs and other personal artifacts of Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958), a prolific German Jewish novelist and playwright who escaped from a World War II internment camp and fled to Los Angeles, where he lived from 1941 until his death. The Feuchtwanger Collection is housed in SLAC.
Schuetze-Coburn’s current positions have allowed her to pursue an academic interest in the German exile community in Los Angeles, a topic on which she has spoken frequently and written many papers. She also has served on numerous committees, both within the university and on the national level.
“We have an outstanding team at the USC Libraries and an exciting year ahead of us,” she said.