Peter Brantley

Director of Online Strategy
Online Strategy
Shields Library

As the director of online strategy at UC Davis Library, Peter is responsible for leading the creation of web-based platforms that improve access to and engagement with the university’s research and collections.

Under Peter’s leadership, the UC Davis Library has launched innovative applications such as Label This, a crowdsourcing project to transcribe the 5,000-piece wine-label collection of distinguished wine scholar Maynard Amerine. Currently, his team is designing digital platforms that integrate UC Davis’ agricultural and environmental research to facilitate new analyses and deeper understanding of critical issues such as California history, climate change, and agricultural sustainability. Peter also convenes the annual “Books in Browsers: The Edge of Storytelling” conference with the Frankfurt Book Fair, focusing on new forms of narratives that enable social change.

Peter came to UC Davis in 2015 with many years of experience working in or leading digital libraries at institutions including UC San Francisco, New York University, the UC Office of the President, and the New York Public Library. Peter previously led the Digital Library Federation as its Executive Director and served as the Director of Scholarly Communications for, a startup pursuing open standards-based annotation on the web. While working on open standards and policy issues at the Internet Archive, Peter co-founded the Open Book Alliance in 2009 to contest the Google Book Search Settlement. The OBA coalesced large technology firms and independent writers groups in an international strategic advocacy effort that contributed to the defeat of the settlement proposals.

Favorite book:
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
“Pynchon’s early works struggle to comprehend how humanity is transformed through our dialogue with the mechanized world. This tension continues to challenge our ability to create societies that respect both ourselves and the environment.”