DUBLIN, Ohio, August 27, 2008—Jackie Dooley, internationally recognized expert in the fields of archives, visual materials, special collections and archival standards, has accepted a position with OCLC Programs and Research as a Consulting Archivist.
Currently Head of Special Collections and Archives at University of California, Irvine, Ms. Dooley will begin working in September 2008 with colleagues in OCLC Programs and Research offices in San Mateo, California, and Dublin, Ohio. Her primary assignment will be to work with the RLG Partnership, program officers, research scientists and product development staff to develop recommendations and an implementation plan that will expand OCLC’s global support for archives and special collections.
"Jackie’s expertise and standing in the community will greatly accelerate and improve our investigation of the contributions that OCLC and OCLC Research can make to the archival community," said Jim Michalko, Vice President, RLG Programs. "The interest in special collections and archival materials is very high. We can act on that interest and ensure that these materials find their way effectively to the universe of potential users."
Ms. Dooley’s contributions over the last 20 years have helped reshape the conversation within the archival profession. In particular, her 1988 article "Introduction to Authority Control for Archivists" fundamentally changed the way archivists thought about the value of authority control. Her 1998 publication Encoded Archival Description: Context, Theory, and Case Studies built on the work she and colleagues had undertaken to reconfigure the landscape of archival description and access for researchers. Her work is widely used in graduate archival education programs.
Named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 2000 and elected to the Grolier Club in 2001, Ms. Dooley has held leadership positions in the Society of American Archivists, the Association of Research Libraries, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Online Archive of California (part of the University of California’s California Digital Library). Prior to joining UC Irvine in 1995, she worked at the Getty Research Institute, University of California, San Diego and the Library of Congress.
Ms. Dooley is set to begin work with the Programs staff based in the San Mateo, California, office and will reside in San Clemente, California.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. RLG Programs, part of OCLC Programs and Research, supports exploration, innovation and community building on behalf of libraries, museums and archives. For more information about RLG Programs, visit www.oclc.org/programs. For more information about OCLC, visit www.oclc.org.