January 17, 2022

Linking Libraries, Museums, Archives: Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero Speaks at Harvard

From the Harvard Gazette: The archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, says that one of the core challenges facing today’s librarians, archivists, and museum curators is the need for them to work across disciplines to deliver the integrated, seamless level of service that tech-savvy users are increasingly coming to expect. “We are all in […]

Archivist of the United States on the Competencies NARA Wants For Archives Specialists

Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero spoke to those attending the ALISE conference in January. Direct to Complete Speech Here are the competencies NARA wants for its archives specialists. In addition to requiring traditional knowledge of archival principles, practices, and techniques, we require: The ability to think creatively—problem solving skills. Determining the critical issues, […]

NARA Launches "Citizen Archivist Dashboard"

Direct to Citizen Archivist Dashboard From a Blog Post by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: Did you know that many grade school children aren’t taught cursive handwriting anymore and can’t read cursive?  Help us transcribe records and guarantee that school children can make use of our documents.  I have transcribed one myself! Recognize […]

Full Text of Statement by Archivist of the United States, on Ex-NARA Employee Pleading Guilty to Theft

Here’s the Full Text of David Ferriero’s Statement on the NARA Web Site: Today [Tuesday, October 5, 2011], former long-time National Archives employee Leslie Waffen pleaded guilty to stealing original sound recordings from the National Archives and selling them on eBay. Mr. Waffen has agreed to turn over more than 955 sound recordings belonging to […]

New From Archivist of the United States: NARA Celebrates the U.S. Entry into Open Government Partnership

David Ferriero writes: Yesterday, President Barack Obama unveiled the U.S. National Action Plan during a meeting in New York of the member nations of the Open Government Partnership.  Last Week, the White House also issued a Status Report on the Administration’s Commitment to Open Government. Over the past year and a half, I’ve written a […]

Archivist of U.S. Talks to Congress About "Recipe for Lost Docs" & Preserving Social Media From White House Staff

UPDATE 2: Video of Hearing (Runs About 90 Minutes) (via YouTube) UPDATE: Prepared Testimony By Mr. Ferriero and Brook Colangelo From Tech Insider: A current law that gives federal agencies 30 years to turn over all the records that must be permanently retained by the National Archives is a recipe for lost documents and a […]

Speech: Archivist of the United States (and a Librarian) David Ferriero Speaks to Members of the Boston Library Consortium

The full text of Mr. Ferriero’s speech can be accessed here. It’s titled, “Protecting National Security in an Open Government Environment: the Role of the National Archives” and was delivered on April 11, 2011. While discussing open government Ferriero included some stats and facts about NARA. At the present time approx. 485 gigabytes of material […]