Anna Gold is Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly State University’s Robert E.
Kennedy Library. She is responsible for leading the library's faculty and staff in
developing and assessing library services, resources, facilities, and technology serving
Cal Poly’s faculty, students, and academic and community partners. 

From 2008 to 2011 as Associate Dean for Public Services at Kennedy Library, Gold was
responsible for leading programs that support the curriculum and research activities of
the colleges and the campus. She also led programs in reference, circulation, course
reserves, and interlibrary services. 

Before joining Cal Poly, Gold was Head Librarian of the Engineering and Science Libraries
at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she led a staff of thirty, including sixteen
librarians, in developing resources and services to serve MIT’s undergraduate, graduate,
and faculty communities. 

Prior to joining MIT, she led the Science and Engineering Library at the University of
California, San Diego; led public website development for the National Science
Foundation, and as a librarian at the Library of Congress, contributed to public
services, science and technology information initiatives, and to developing
Internet-based services and collections. 

Gold has a B.A. in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz; an M.L.S.
from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and an M.S. in Science and
Technology Studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. 



Libraries, Process, and Data, ASIS&T Annual Conference (2013)

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The Library as a Student Research Site, California Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Conference Proceedings (2010)

Studying students to understand how they find and use information is one of several newer...



Data Curation and Libraries: Short-Term Developments, Long-Term Prospects, Office of the Dean (Library) (2010)

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Open Culture at the Heart of the University: Libraries as Multicommons, OKCon: Open Knowledge Conference 2013 (2013)

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Open to the inevitable: Librarians as open content professionals (with Sarah F. Cohen), ACRL (2013)

Open content is a movement that includes open access, open science, open educational resources, and...



Data and Libraries, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2009)


Open Science & Scientific Publishing: Open Access and the Progress of Science, Promise, Permissions, Persistence, & Partnerships (2007)

Conference Proceedings


Chain Reactions: Archives and the Value Chain in Chemistry's Scientific Communications, Proceedings of the NRC Chemical Sciences Roundtable Workshop (2004)

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Benchmarking for Building Future Engineering & Science Libraries, Proceedings of the 2004 ASEE Engineering Libraries Division Annual Conference: Salt Lake City, UT (2004)


FLOW: Co-constructing Low Barrier Repository Infrastructure in Support of Heterogeneous Knowledge Collection(s) (with Karen S. Baker and Frank Sudholt), Proceedings of the Third ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries: Houston, TX (2003)

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Building FLOW: Federating Libraries on the Web (with Karen S. Baker, Jean-Yves LeMeur, and Kim Baldridge), Proceedings of the 2nd ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries: Portland, OR (2002)

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