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Kirk Hastings joined the CDL staff on April 15th as a Programmer/Analyst in John Ober’s Strategic Development unit.   Kirk has extensive structured text experience (SGML and XML), including writing software to transform text from various formats into one standard format.

Kirk is no stranger to the University of California. As a library school student at San Jose State University, he served as a digital library intern at UC Berkeley.  There he created the Jack London Collection (, which quickly became, and remains, the definitive Jack London site on the Internet.  Berkeley was impressed enough with Kirk that he was hired to manage the Mellon Foundation-funded SCAN project jointly administered with UC Press.  In that capacity he brought over sixty books and one journal to online publication using SGML (still available at

Following that experience, he was snatched up by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, at the University of Virginia, where he gained additional programming and structured text experience.  We are thrilled he has returned to UC and look forward to using his talents and experience to help support eScholarship, the Online Archive of California, and other CDL projects.