Senior Program Officer
Merrilee Proffitt is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research. She provides project management skills and expert support to institutions represented within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.
Merrilee is an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (RBMS-ACRL), and serves on ACRL's Research Planning and Review Committee. She has also served on the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) Editorial Board, the Text Encoding Initiative Council and currently serves on the Encoded Archival Description Working Group. Merrilee has authored or co-authored articles, guidelines, and reports for a variety organizations and professional journals. She is frequently an invited speaker at international professional conferences and workshops on topics relating to digital libraries and special collections.
Her current projects and interests include: archival description, increasing access to special collections, the impact of copyright on primary source material, digital library initiatives, looking at developing better relationships between Wikipedia and cultural heritage institutions, and how Massively Open Online Courseware (MOOCs) may impact libraries.
Before coming to her current job in 2001, Merrilee was director of digital archive development at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.