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Catherine Mitchell

Catherine Mitchell






Catherine Mitchell is the Director of the Access & Publishing Group at the California Digital Library. As such, she responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, development, and operational management of CDL's Publishing Group and Digital Special Collections Program. The Publishing Group provides the University of California scholarly community with an open access publishing platform (~70 active journals), OA policy support, and institutional repository services via eScholarship. The Digital Special Collections Program supports collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California to provide access to a world class digital collection via Calisphere and the Online Archive of California. Catherine is also Operations Director of UC’s Office of Scholarly Communication and, in this capacity, is particularly engaged in questions of use, value, authorship, and professional legitimacy.


Ph.D., English Literature, UC Berkeley
A.B., English Literature, University of Chicago


Catherine joined the CDL in 2006 as Manager of Publishing Services. Prior to that, she worked as Web Director at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, overseeing the creation of, among other things, a curated digital archive of significant public affairs speeches delivered at the club over the past 100 years. Her experience in scholarly publishing includes time spent on the other side of the academic house as a scholar of nineteenth-century British literature. Prior to becoming Director of Access and Publishing in 2011, Catherine served as Director of the Publishing Group, 2007-2011.

Committees/ Affiliations

  • UC Office of Scholarly Communication, Operations Director
  • Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), President-Elect
  • Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), Steering Committee Member
  • University of California Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC), Consultant

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