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Peter Brantley : Curriculum Vitae


    M.A.     Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1987.

    B.A.     Sociology, Trinity University, San Antonio, 1984.


 [2007-present]    Executive Director, Digital Library Federation

         The Digital Library Federation is a membership-based not-for-profit consortium of leading academic research and national libraries that are pioneering the use of information technology to extend access to transmedia collections and services. 

        Establish strategic direction for the organization, develop new initiatives, serve the governing Board, and represent the interests of my membership at appropriate forums. Current initiatives include mobile information delivery; location-based information services; open-information initiatives; enhanced access to film and video collections images; integration of virtual and real experience for research and education; and support for distributed, data-intensive, real-time science sensing projects. The director has responsibility for organizational budget and operations, and remotely manages a program manager and an administrative associate.  DLF conducts two meetings every year attended by staff at member institutions engaged in developing new services and programs. I organize and foster collaboration among the major publishing non-profit organizations including NISO, AAP, BISG, and IDPF, and the Authors Guild.

 [2006-2007]    Director, Strategic Technology, Academic Information Services, Academic Affairs, UC Office of the President.

        Across the University of California’s system-wide administrative offices, developed business process and technology integration and development opportunities for State-wide on-line education initiatives, UC TV, the UC Press, California Digital Library, and other university-wide content publishing units.   Directed the design and engineering of advanced digital media discovery and access services providing personalized recommending, content management, context sensitive presentation, and cross-repository associations.  Helped develop digital production and publishing infrastructures for journal and book content. Provided strategic technical guidance on rights management to the University’s senior executive management. Helped the UC Regents negotiate the Google Book Search contract.

[2003-2006]    Director of Technology, California Digital Library (CDL), UC Office of the President.

        The CDL is the largest academic digital library in the United States.  Established overall technical direction and vision.  Served as a member of CDL’s executive management team; established organizational priorities and resource allocations. Managed 25-30 permanent and contract engineering staff responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of innovative software systems through a services oriented architecture (SOA), the CDL Common Framework.  Worked with UC Berkeley's Information School to establish a competitive digital library graduate student project program.  Initiated and conducted the Reading 2.0 meeting with support of Tim O'Reilly, Google, Adobe, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

2000-2003.    Director, Information Technology Services, Libraries and the NYU Press, New York University.

        Managed a small nationally recognized digital library development group that produced one of the world’s first rights-authorized collections of on-line music (the Database of Recorded American Music) in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and New World Records. Deployed library- and campus-wide software systems, including web-based services, electronic course reserves, media scheduling, library catalogs, and calendaring.  With central campus IT, initiated a Sun Microsystems Center of Excellence award in Digital Libraries. Organized a seminal meeting of CTOs from global digital content providers (such as Reed-Elsevier) to discuss deployment of Internet-2’s Shibboleth security middleware.

2000.        Sr. Manager, Information Technology, Rapt Inc

        Employee #15 at a startup company providing complex multivariate pricing and supply chain optimization. Responsible for all IT operations and management, including software engineering support; host-based and network security; remote access and VPN; Internet connectivity; new facility build-outs; co-location arrangements; voice systems; and creation of application hosting infrastructures. Conducted contract negotiations, managed vendor relations, developed and executed budgets, and served as technical liaison with strategic partners.  The privately financed company received repeated favorable press mentions in The Economist, and was eventually acquired by Microsoft in March 2008. 

1998 - 2000    Director, Computing Services, Letters & Science, UC Berkeley.

        Reporting to the Council of Deans, represented UC Berkeley’s largest college in campus-wide computing and networking forums; counseled and advocated for strategic computing services and needs.  Designed and supplied recharge-based computing support services to the academic and administrative departments of Berkeley’s largest college. Provided central server administration and groupware support; designed and marketed database and web design and development.

1995 - 1998    Director, Academic Information Systems, UC San Francisco.

        Responsible for UCSF academic computing services, including digital library systems, instructional computing services, public computing facilities, and data management services. Managed IS budgets for staff and capital. Managed a software development group that engineered a highly-trafficked web site garnering significant international press attention, the Tobacco Control Archive, which was released after intervention by the State Supreme Court.   Working with physicians at the San Francisco General Hospital, Sun Microsystems, and software vendors, implemented HIVInSite, a website designed to make available publicly reliable information about the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.  Re-designed the Library network, acquiring and installing new network hardware.  Directed computer system service and support. Chaired committee developing campus network standards. Initiated an evaluation of UCSF’s IT security practices. 

1994-1995    Manager, Computing & Communications, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, UC San Francisco.

        Technical director for one of the world’s first experimental digital library systems (“RedSage”), co-sponsored by UCSF and AT&T Bell Laboratories, and involving prominent scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journal publishers. RedSage was a production and technology turning point for STM publishers in the evolution of digital publishing. Served as technical manager of one of the State of California’s first WAN ATM connections, supported by Pacific Bell and Bay Networks, that brought RedSage access to Genentech.  Managed Library/CKM data connectivity, and administered all server and desktop computer system service and support. 

1992-1994    MIS Manager, AIDS Office, San Francisco Deptartment of Public Health

        Responsible for IT management and operations.  Served as the technical liaison between the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and AO-supported HIV/AIDS community-based organizations.  Developed and managed Federal grants promoting uniform client and service tracking for HIV/AIDS service delivery in San Francisco's primary metropolitan area.  Designed and implemented technical infrastructure supporting a centralized housing referral service.

1988-1989    Senior Systems Analyst, MIS, Ballantine Books, Random House

        Responsible for applications system support for the paperback (mass-market) division of Random House, including the Ballantine, Fawcett, Del Rey, and Ivy imprints.  Designed, developed, and implemented networked PC-databases with Informix relational databases on Xenix to facilitate supply chain optimization.  Provided publishing workflow and general software application support and assistance.  Assisted in the implementation of early-stage Novell NetWare and Banyan Vines Local Area Networks. Supported and helped to integrate remote mainframe hierarchical databases.

Online Publishing

2008 - present.  Blogging at Tools of Change for Publishing.  Tools of Change (ToC) is an O'Reilly program focusing on transformations in publishing.  I assist in the organization of the ToC conference with the O'Reilly Media publishing group. 

2006 - present.  Blogging at shimenawa. Digital library blog guest hosted at the University of California Berkeley, covering topics on digital libraries, book digitization, and issues confronting the Digital Library Federation. 

2007 - present.  Blogging at PubFrontier.  "A raucous public discussion of the publishing revolution."  This is a group-authored blog that I founded, addressing changes in media, publishing, and communication.


2008 - present.  Member, Advisory Board, filedby author ( FiledBy seeks to become a comprehensive online directory of published U.S. and Canadian authors. The company hopes the site will become a top 10 destination for readers and for authors.

2007 - present.  Member, Board of Directors, International Digital Publishing Forum.  The IDPF is the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.  Its digital publication standard, EPUB, has been widely adopted as a digital book distribution format.

2007 - present.  Member, Advisory Board, O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.  Help solicit speakers and determine agenda for annual conference on emerging technologies and trends for a leading O'Reilly Media conference on media and publishing.

2007 - present.  Founder, Lot 49 Group.  Organized a small group of stakeholders from major moving image (film and video) archives, government agencies, and private and public funders focused on digitization strategies for moving images that enhance public access and re-use. Two summit meetings of this group have been held, in Berkeley (July 2007), and at the Library of Congress' Packard A/V Campus (September 2008). 

2006.  Reading 2.0 Conference.  Organized a small meeting (30 people) with the support of Tim O'Reilly and the participation of technology firms, U.S. and UK research libraries, U.S. government organizations, and publishers.   

2002.  Assessing Shibboleth.  Initiated and coordinated discussion with leading publishing vendors on distributed authentication and authorization systems.  The workshop was co-sponsored with Internet2, CNI, and DLF.  New York, NY.   April 29, 2002.