Robin Chandler is the Director of the Digital Library Program Office at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and the project manager of the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO), based at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Before she came to UCSD in 2008, she served at the California Digital Library (CDL) of the University of California Office of the President from 2000 to 2007, first as Manager of the Online Archive of California and subsequently as Director of Data Acquisitions, where she was responsible for coordinating the University of California’s participation in mass digitization projects. Prior to CDL, she was head of Archives and Special Collections for UC San Francisco’s Library and Center for Knowledge Management from 1995 to 2000, where she also managed the library’s Tobacco Control Archives.
Chandler began her career as an archivist and has held many special collections positions throughout California, including Archivist for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Library, Archives and History Office, as a Manuscript and Archives Specialist for the Stanford University Department of Special Collections; and as a Photo Archivist for the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco.
Chandler holds an MLIS from UC Berkeley and an MA in American history from San Francisco State University. She attended the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 2003 and, in 2005, earned the California Heritage Preservation Commission’s 2005 Archivist of Excellence Award.