A Conversation With David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States

Issue Date: 
January 10, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences will sponsor a colloquium featuring David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 19 in Room 121, David Lawrence Hall. The discussion is open to the public and members of the University community.

The archivist of the United States is the head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and is appointed by the President of the United States. Ferriero, the nation’s 10th archivist, was appointed to the position in November 2009. The NARA protects and preserves the records of the U.S. government. There are 36 NARA facilities across the United States, with approximately 3,000 full- and part-time employees.

Prior to his NARA appointment, Ferriero was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). He was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating New York City’s four research libraries and 87 branch libraries, creating the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world.
—Kelly Shaffer