David G. Dodd

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  • March 2017 to present: Director of Library and Cultural Services, City of Benicia.
  • December 2011 to March 2017: Collections Manager, Sonoma County Library. Oversee adult materials collections in all formats. Coordinate cooperative efforts with The Big Read. Serve on Library Management Team. Accomplishments include rolling out e-books; launching database of local authors; making progress on re-invigoration of regional resource sharing and redesign of Library website. From September 2013 to June 2014, served as Interim Co-Director.
  • November 2004 to November 2011: City Librarian, San Rafael Public Library. Direct the City’s libraries. Participate on City Management Team with other Department Heads. Accomplishments included opening of newly-redesigned branch library; major retrofit to existing 100-year-old Downtown library building; passage of a parcel tax measure for dedicated Library funding.
  • January 2004 to November 2004: District Manager, Chief of Branches Office, San Francisco Public Library.
  • June 2002 to January 2004: Administrative Librarian, Marin County Free Library.
  • August 1999 to June 2002: Branch Manager, Civic Center Branch, Marin County Free Library.
  • July 1997 to July 1998: Branch Manager, Aptos Library, Santa Cruz City-County Library System.
  • July 1997 to June 1998: Research Associate, Music Dept., University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • September 1994 to June 1997: Assistant Professor; Cataloger/Archivist, Library, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
  • March 1996-June 1996 : Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver School of Library and Information Services.
  • July 1994 to September 1994: Contract Librarian, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado.
  • August 1990 to March 1994: Librarian, Benicia Public Library, Benicia, California.
  • August 1984 to August 1989: Reference Library Assistant, Fremont Main Library, Alameda County Library.
  • February 1982 to August 1984: Jails Library Assistant, Extension Services, Alameda County Library.


  • B.A., German, University of California, Davis, 1980.
  • M.L.I.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1990.

Professional Affiliations

  • NorthNet Libraries, Executive Committee, 2017-
  • Califa Board of Directors, 2007-2015
  • California Library Association, 1989-1994, 1997-
    • CLA Assembly, 2006-2009
    • Executive Committee, 2006-2008
    • Conference Planning Committee, 2003-2004
    • Roundtable: Services to Restricted & Disabled Persons, 2003-2004
    • Intellectual Freedom Committee, 2002-2005 (chair, 2004-2005); 2009-2012
    • Continuing Education Committee, 1997-2000
    • Research and Publication Committee (co-chair, 1994)
  • BayNet Libraries Executive Board, 2003-2004
  • National Writers Union, 1997-1999; 2012-
  • Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, 1995-1997.
  • Colorado Library Association, 1994-1996.
  • American Library Association, 1989-

Research, Creative and other Scholarly Work

  • Developed local author “Community” database and website for Sonoma County Library, 2012.
  • Maintained official website for Richard Powers, novelist (2000-2014).
  • Invited speaker, Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture, and Memory. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. November 16-18, 2007.
  • Demonstration project:, co-authored with Diana Spaulding, to provide custom Google searches for school assignments.
  • Invited speaker, Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Assocation Annual Conference: “Between Baseball and the Bible: The Chroniclers of the Grateful Dead”; February 10, 1996
  • UCCS Summit Series Presentation: “Multimedia Publishing On the Internet: Making Your Creations.” December 12, 1995.
  • Local Project Coordinator, OCLC and U.S. Dept. of Education project: “Building a Catalog of Internet Resources.” January, 1995-1997
  • Created WWW resource for rock lyric annotation: The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Jan. 1995.
  • Awarded UCCS Committee for Research and Creative Work Grant for the project: “Building a hypertext catalog for the Denver Art Museum Library”

Awards and Honors

  • KRCB Public Broadcasting, Volunteer of the month for October 2012.
  • San Francisco Public Library Friends and Foundation “Library Laureate”, 2006.


  • Blogger for, the official Grateful Dead website. Weekly column: “Greatest Stories Ever Told: Conversations About the Songs of the Dead.” January, 2013-
  • Columnist for the San Rafael/Terra Linda News Pointer (Monthly column, “Bookbeat”), 2006-2011.
  • Columnist for the Aptos Times (Monthly column, “Your Library”), 1997-1998.
  • Reviewer of reference books for American Reference Books Annual.
  • Reviewer of Internet resources for College and Research Libraries News. 1995-1996.
  • Regular reviewer for Library Journal, 1991-2001.
  • Regular contributor to Check It Out, a public radio program about libraries aired nationally. (Program suspended production, late 1994)
  • Contributor of historical articles to The Campaign Courier, a newsletter supporting a capital campaign fundraising effort to restore an historic church structure in Oakland, California.
  • Editor and writer for student newsletter of the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Library and Information Studies, 1989-1990.


  • The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Free Press, 2005.
  • The Grateful Dead Reader, with Diana Spaulding. Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: an Annotated Bibliography, with Robert G. Weiner. Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Translation of Arno Holz’s “Childhood Paradise” in Poems for the Millennium, Volume 3. University of California Press, 2009.
  • “Turn the Words: Disprove a Maxim” in The Easiest Best Thing Is Be Kind, 2007.

Book Chapters

  • “The Annotated ‘Ramble On Rose'” in Perspectives On The Dead: Critical Writings. Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Music chapter for diskette and web site: Every Student’s Internet Resource Guide. Editor, Sara Amato. McGraw-Hill, 1995. Sold individually, and included in a number of McGraw-Hill publications, including Every Student’s Guide to the Internet (Oct. 1995), and Every Student’s Guide to the World Wide Web (Dec. 1995).


  • “Grass-roots Cataloging on the World Wide Web: Food for Thought for Catalogers.” LRTS, July 1996.
  • “Seeing the Cosmos: the Novels of Richard Powers.” Bloomsbury Review, March/April, 1996.
  • “Requiem for the Discarded.” Library Journal, May 15, 1996.

Interests and hobbies
Music: Play piano and banjo. Member of Dead Again, a Grateful Dead tribute band. Former member of Commonhouse (folk/rock), Coyote (modified bluegrass), The Precarious Vision Band (folk), and Buffalo Roam (Rock n Roll).

Community Service

  • Member of successful campaign committee for Measure Y, a 1/8 cent sales tax for public libraries in Sonoma County, 2016.
  • Member of campaign committee for Measure M in support of Sonoma County Library, 2014.
  • Petaluma Music Festival (a fundraiser for music in Petaluma public schools). Silent auction coordinator, 2013, volunteer, 2014.
  • Member and 2004-2005 President of Board of Directors; Music Wrangler, 2002-2015. Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community Media Center of Marin. 2007-2010
  • Volunteer with Rebuilding Together, Petaluma, 2000-2002, 2008, 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arts Benicia, 1990-1993. Editor, Arts Benicia Communique, 1992-1993.
  • Former member and President, Board of Trustees, First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

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