Jackie Dooley is an internationally recognized expert in archives and special collections. Within OCLC Research, she leads projects to inform and improve professional archival practice. Activities have included in-depth surveys of special collections libraries in the U.S./Canada (.pdf: 1.5MB/153 pp.) and the U.K./Ireland; development of a series of reports aimed at helping research libraries begin managing their born-digital archival materials; participation in redesign and expansion of Archive Grid; and studying the needs of archival repositories for specialized tools and services.
Her professional research interests have centered on the development of standards for cataloging and archival description. She was a member of the research team that designed Encoded Archival Description, editor of the EAD Application Guidelines, co-editor of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, and a member of the editorial team for the first edition of the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. She has published and spoken extensively on topics such as authority work for archives, subject and form/genre access, rare book and visual materials cataloging, and technology for special collections.
Jackie is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and has served in many other roles within SAA over time, including serving as the 68th SAA President from 2012-2013. She is equally prominent in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries and is a longstanding member of ARL's Working Group on Special Collections. Jackie teaches "An Introduction to Archives for Special Collections Librarians" at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. She also is a member of the Grolier Club of New York and has consulted for a variety of distinguished libraries in her areas of expertise.
Prior to joining OCLC Research in September 2008, Jackie was Head of Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Irvine, where she led the library's programs in rare books, manuscripts, university archives and exhibits. Her previous positions were at the Getty Research Institute, the University of California, San Diego and the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. She was one of five library school graduates selected in 1982 as a Library of Congress Intern.