Brad Westbrook is the Manager of the Archivists’ Toolkit Project and head of the Metadata Analysis and Specification Unit in the UC San Diego Libraries. He has served as lead designer for the Mellon-sponsored Union Catalog of Art Images project, as the Manuscripts Librarian / University Archivist at UC San Diego, and as the exhibits curator at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscripts Library. He has an MLS from UCLA and MA in English from SUNY-Albany.
During his career, Westbrook has been an active member of RBMS and SAA. He participated in RBMS programming for numerous events, including serving as the program chair for the 1999 Preconference in Montreal. For SAA he has served as a member and chair of the Technical Subcommittee for Descriptive Standards and of the J. Franklin James Archival Advocacy Award. As a member of the Online Archive of California, Westbrook participated in the development of best practices for EAD encoding of finding aids and the construction of digital objects. With Robin Chandler and Bill Landis, Westbrook spearheaded the Archivists Workbench meetings sponsored by the Digital Library Federation in 2004 that led to the development of the Archivists’ Toolkit Project.
Westbrook has recently published articles on virtual collections, metadata normalization, and the Archivists’ Toolkit.