David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States (AOTUS), was interviewed by Paul Holdengraber from the New York Public Library. Ferriero is the first librarian to hold the post, and he has achieved some fame by creating his own blog, AOTUS, Collector in Chief. The Archivist and his Agency, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), reports to the Executive department and is responsible for the records of the US. Ferriero discussed some recent developments at NARA and some of his concerns.
Tuesday’s keynote speaker, David Ferriero, the 10th archivist of the US, was profiled in a recent New York Times article, titled “Collector in Chief Hoards Nation’s Irreplaceable Stuff.” Not a bad article, if you ignore the sentence maligning librarians as a “stereotypical library scold shushing people in a reading room.” Ferriero is, in fact, a librarian by education (his MLS is from Simmons) who seems genuinely excited by his archivist job. I’m looking forward to hearing him speak at CIL about information ecology, libraries, digitization, and whatever else strikes his fancy (and that of his interviewer for the session, the ever-entertaining Paul Holdengraber).
The ALCTS President’s Program featured James Cuno, President and Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, asking the question of “who owns antiquity: museums and the battle over our ancient heritage.” Culture has never known national borders. These are artificial constructions made by people. He feels uncomfortable when he hears “the Greeks do this” or [...]