Chela Scott Weber
Senior Program Officer
Chela Scott Weber is a Sr. Program Officer for the OCLC Research Library Partnership, where she focuses on work supporting archives, special, and distinctive collections. Chela shapes learning and engagement programming designed to move the community forward in this strategically important area for research libraries, as well as serving as a liaison to broader special collections and archives communities. Her recent work includes leading the creation of the Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries, a collaboratively shaped view of the landscape of challenges and opportunities in this space in North American research libraries. She is currently leading RLPs Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group and exploring the needs of research libraries to better steward the rare and unique audiovisual media in their collections.
Before joining OCLC, Chela was the Head of Library and Collections at the California Historical Society (CHS). Before CHS, she worked at NYU Libraries, where she served as Associate Head and Acting Head of the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and later founded and lead the Archival Collections Management Department. She also taught Archival Description in NYUs Archives and Public History MA program. Prior to coming to NYU, she was the Director of Library & Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and has previously held positions at the Microsoft Archives, New York Transit Museum and the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford.
She holds an MLIS and certificate of archival administration from Wayne State University, and a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Weber is a member of the Society of American Archivists.