The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce that Robin L. Chandler will assume the new position of Online Archive of California Manager on May 8, 2000.  A core component of the CDL, the Online Archive of California (OAC) is a digital information resource that facilitates and provides access to primary source materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.

As OAC Manager, Robin will lead the CDL in building and managing the OAC within a collaborative framework.

Robin brings a breadth of experience and a record of leadership within the archivists’ community to this position.  She has participated in advancing the OAC, particularly as a member of the OAC Working Group and Chair of the UC Archivists Council.  Robin is currently Head of Archives and Special Collections at the UC San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management, where she has developed and managed the digital Tobacco Control Archives.  She has held a number of other progressively responsible positions in museums and archives, starting with an internship at the Smithsonian and including Archivist and public services librarian for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.  She has been active in the Society of American Archivists and the California Society of Archivists and has numerous publications, presentations, and successful grants to her credit.  Her BA is from UC Davis in Art Studio and Art History, her MLIS from UC Berkeley with emphasis in Archives Management.  She also holds an MA in American History from San Francisco State University.

Please join us in welcoming Robin Chandler to the California Digital Library.

For more information about the OAC, please see the document “Online Archive of California Transition 1999-2000” which is available on the Libstaff site at [].  The document describes the progress and status of the OAC and some of the challenges ahead.