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Leading Voices in Higher Education: David Ferriero

"FROM THE RECORDS OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO TODAY'S WHITE HOUSE TWEETS: THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES"

David Ferriero is the 10th Archivist of the United States and the first librarian to hold this position.  Known as the “Collector in Chief” whose stated goal is to put the user first, Mr. Ferriero came to Dartmouth on May 14th to discuss the blending of traditional National Archives practices with modern technology, particularly social media.  Upon taking office in 2009, Ferriero declared that the National Archives was “at a defining moment with regard to our existing electronic records, social media communications, and emerging technologies being used throughout government offices.” In his lecture he explained how the National Archives and other federal agencies are revamping their work through tools of new media.  His talk was sponsored by the Friends of the Dartmouth College Library, the Howe Library, the Lebanon Public Libraries, the Norwich Public Library, the Norman Williams Library, and Dartmouth Strategic Planning. Mr. Ferriero spoke at Dartmouth on Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 4:00 PM, Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
 

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Mr. Ferriero was educated at Northeastern University and the Simmons College of Library and Information Science.  Before completing his education, Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman in the Vietnam War.  He then worked for 31 years at MIT Libraries, a career that began with shelving books part-time in college. Eventually he served as Associate Director of Public Services for MIT Libraries.  Ferriero moved on to another large university library system in 1996 when he became the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University. In this capacity he founded the Center for Instructional Technology and the Digital Library at Duke.  He also oversaw the reengineering of printing and publications and led a fundraising campaign to significantly expand Duke’s library facilities.


In 2004 Mr. Ferriero became head the largest public library system in the United States as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries.  Holding the belief that NYPL had to adapt to social and cultural changes, he oversaw a significant restructuring that entailed eliminating old positions and creating new ones.  After five years in this position, Mr. Ferriero was nominated by President Obama to be the 10th Archivist of the United States. With a confirmation that was "never in doubt,” David Ferriero became the guardian of the most important archives in the country: 12 billion pages of records; 7.2 million maps, charts, and architectural drawings; 40 million still photographs; 365 reels of film; 110,000 videotapes; and millions of digital records and machine-readable data files.

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The Collector in Chief: David Ferriero’s Personal Blog »