Chela Scott Weber

Senior Program Officer

Chela Scott Weber

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.

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    Retrospective Accessioning

    16 September 2021

    Chela Scott Weber

    Retrospective accessioning is a practice that holistically identifies and attends to gaps in accessioning practice. This preprint is designed to help develop an appropriate retrospective accessioning project at your institution. 

    Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections

    16 March 2021

    Chela Scott Weber, Martha O’Hara Conway, Nicholas Martin, Gioia Stevens, Brigette Kamsler.

    The Total Cost of Stewardship framework is a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. Included materials: Research Report, Annotated Bibliography, and Tool Suite, which includes a Manual, Cost Estimators, and Communication Tools.

    Archives and Special Collections Linked Data: Navigating between Notes and Nodes

    21 July 2020

    OCLC Research Archives and Special Collections Linked Data Review Group

    This publication shares the findings from the Archives and Special Collections Linked Data Review Group, which explored key areas of concern and opportunities for archives and special collections in transitioning to a linked data environment.

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