On 1 June 2023, the TUM Board of Management appointed Dr. Caroline Leiß as the new director of the University Library. In September 2022, she had already taken on the role of Acting University Librarian, succeeding her predecessor Dr. Reiner Kallenborn, who retired after twenty years of dedicated service at the helm of the library. Her long-time colleague, Dr. Christoph Mitscherling, will serve as Deputy University Librarian.
Since 2011, Caroline Leiß has been heading the Information Services Department and coordinating the areas of bibliometrics as well as education and vocational training at the University Library. Christoph Mitscherling has been Head of the User Services Department since 2015. Prior to that, he worked as the Executive Assistant to the University Librarian and as Deputy Head of the Acquisitions & Cataloguing Department.
Over the past nine months, Caroline Leiß and her management team, comprised of the department heads, have immersed themselves intensively in the management of the University Library. Together with the institution’s 120 employees, they have already launched several major projects. These include migrating the library software to the open-source system FOLIO, hosting the TUM research information system, implementing the DORA principles at the university, and expanding research data services as part of the TUM Research Data Hub.
The University Library staff is delighted with the Board of Management’s decision and looks forward to continuing their successful teamwork. Congratulations to Caroline Leiß and Christoph Mitscherling on their new roles!