ARCHIVED - Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar: David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, Thursday, October 2, 2014

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David S. Ferriero
David S. Ferriero

Library and Archives Canada presents:

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
“Out in Front: Taking a Leadership Role in Open Government”

Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
395 Wellington Street, Room B
Ottawa, ON

Seating is limited. Registration is required.
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The presentation will be delivered in English with simultaneous French translation, followed by a question period.

If you cannot attend in person, you can follow the proceedings on Twitter using the hashtag #RWSS.

The Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars are a lecture series focused on informing and disseminating strategic thinking in the domains of information science, archival science, history, etc. Lecturers are invited by Library and Archives Canada from the academic, public and private sectors, and include scholars and practitioners.

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Each new U.S. Presidential Administration comes into office with aspirations for enhancing the quality of life for all Americans by improving how government works. The Barack Obama administration’s BHAG1 has been Open Government. On his first day in office in January 2009 he issued his Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government committing to an unprecedented level of openness in Government to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. And in December of that year an Open Government Directive was issued to each Executive Branch Department and Agency requiring agencies to create a more open government by publishing government information online, improving the quality of government information, creating a culture of open government, and formulating an Open Government Plan. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 10th Archivist of the United States in November of 2009, my first task was to lead my agency Open Government Plan development. This presentation will demonstrate the critical role that the National Archives has played in the overall open government initiative and the emergence of the National Archives as a leader in this arena.

Biography of David S. Ferriero:

David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. He directs the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which is responsible for preserving and providing access to the records of the U.S. Government. NARA has 47 facilities across the country, including 13 Presidential Libraries, containing approximately 12 billion pages of textual records; 42 million photographs; miles and miles of film and video, and an ever increasing number of electronic records.

Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and held top library positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.

Mr. Ferriero earned bachelors and masters degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a masters degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. 

1 “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” coined by James Collins and Jerry Porras in Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies.

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