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John Chodacki Named Director of the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library

chodakiThe California Digital Library is delighted to announce the appointment of John Chodacki as the new Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) effective October 19th, 2015.

John comes to the CDL from the Public Library of Science (PLOS) where, as Product Director, he was responsible for long-range product strategy and led key organization-wide initiatives in taxonomy development, data policy, and article-level metrics. Prior to joining PLOS, John held product development positions at numerous publishing and technology firms, including O’Reilly Media, VIZ Media, Zinio, Creative Edge, and Safari Books Online.

As Director of UC3, John will work with UC campuses and the broader community to ensure that CDL’s digital curation services meet the emerging needs of the scholarly community, including digital preservation, data management, and reuse. In this role, he will engage with the University of California libraries and other key stakeholders to inform UC3’s goals and activities. In addition, John will represent CDL in the global research community (funders, libraries, archives, publishers, researchers) and define and prioritize new and improved services for UC3.

John is well-known and respected within the publishing and scholarly communication communities for his product and technology leadership. He currently serves on committees of several leading organizations including CrossRef, CASRAI, and COUNTER focused on tracking the reach and impact of research outputs.

“I’m thrilled that John has joined the CDL to lead our digital curation efforts,” said Ivy Anderson, Interim Executive Director of the CDL. “John’s extensive product management experience, his track record of innovation, and his strong connections within the scholarly communications sector will bring valuable perspective to the further development of UC3’s portfolio of curation services.”

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and African American Studies from Grinnell College, a Masters in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, and a Certificate in Web Development and Design from Boston University.

About the California Digital Library (CDL):

The CDL was founded by the University of California in 1997 to take advantage of emerging technologies that are transforming the way digital information was being published and accessed. Since then, in collaboration with the UC libraries and other partners, CDL has assembled one of the world’s largest digital research libraries and changed the ways in which faculty, students, and researchers discover and access information. For more information, visit

About the University of California Curation Center (UC3):

UC3 is a creative partnership bringing together the expertise and resources of the University of California. Together with the UC libraries, we provide high quality and cost-effective solutions that enable campus constituencies – museums, libraries, archives, academic departments, research units and individual researchers – to have direct control over the management, curation and preservation of the information resources underpinning their scholarly activities. For more information, visit