The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) announces David S. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, as the 2022 Henderson Lecture speaker. The 2022 Lucile Kelling Henderson lecture with take place on Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. ET in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Library.
Ferriero served as the 10th Archivist of the United States from November 13, 2009, to April 30, 2022. On July 28, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Ferriero to be Archivist of the United States. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ferriero on November 6, 2009, and he was sworn in as the 10th Archivist of the United States on November 13, 2009.
“We are honored to welcome David S. Ferriero as our 2022 Henderson Lecture speaker,” SILS Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Gary Marchionini said. “Mr. Ferriero’s extensive experience as a library leader in major academic and public libraries and most recently at the highest level of archival practice has made a significant impact on our field and the records management of our country. We look forward to Mr. Ferriero sharing his insights with our students, faculty, and community members during his visit to SILS.”
As Archivist, Ferriero oversaw the addition of three new Presidential Libraries to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Presidential Library system. The George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Barack Obama Presidential Library, and the Donald J. Trump Presidential Libraries became the 13th, 14th, and 15th libraries, respectively.
During Ferriero’s tenure as Archivist, to further openness and access, NARA embraced several social media tools—Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, Tumblr, and others—to reach a wider and broader audience. In August 2012 under Ferriero’s leadership, NARA, in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget, produced the Managing Government Records Directive to modernize and improve federal records management practices. This and subsequent directives put the federal government on a path to becoming completely digital.
In 2012, Ferriero received an honorary doctor of law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, which he was nominated for by SILS. He has previously served on SILS's Board of Visitors as well as held distinguished roles in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area, such as University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University.
This year, the 2022 Henderson Lecture will be presented in a conversational format with Dean Marchionini, during which Ferriero will discuss the evolution of libraries and archives as essential memory institutions.
To register for attendance, please visit go.unc.edu/Henderson-Lecture-2022.
In August 2012 under Mr. Ferriero’s leadership, NARA, in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget, produced the Managing Government Records Directive to modernize and improve federal records management practices. This and subsequent directives put the federal government on a path to becoming completely digital.
In his last two years as Archivist of the United States, Mr. Ferriero led the agency through the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing an unprecedented move to remote work. He retired as Archivist on April 30, 2022.
Before coming to the National Archives, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). He was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Mr. Ferriero oversaw collection strategy, conservation, digital experience, reference and research services, and education, programming, and exhibitions. Before his time at NYPL, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation’s major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. In those positions, he led major initiatives, including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and the reengineering of printing and publications.
Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.