For immediate release | June 15, 2010

2010 ALA Emerging Leaders interview National Archivist David S. Ferriero

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) 2010 Emerging Leaders Group C has created a series of podcasts on behalf of the Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM). For the podcast’s inaugural episodes, the group interviewed David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States. In this three-part series, Ferriero discusses his path from MIT Libraries student shelver to National Archivist; the hot-button issue of the “convergence” of archives, libraries and museums; the future of these cultural heritage institutions; and current initiatives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Part 1: Journey to the National Archives (11:16)

Part 2: Convergence (13:02)

Part 3: NARA Initiatives (19:01)

The 2010 Emerging Leaders Group C includes Michelle Baildon (MIT Libraries), Makiba Foster (Washington University in St. Louis), Charlene Hsu Gross (ACA Library of SCAD-Atlanta), Kenneth M. Kozel (Randolph County Public Library, Ga.) and Leigh D. Rifenburg (University of Delaware Library).

The ALA Emerging Leaders Program, established in 2007 as an initiative of then-ALA President Leslie Burger, enables newer librarians and library staff from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. More information about ALA’s Emerging Leaders can be found at….

CALM is the joint committee of three national professional organizations: the American Library Association, the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the American Association of Museums (AAM). The committee is charged with effecting closer cooperation among the organizations, encouraging the establishment of common standards, initiating programs at the annual meetings of the parent organizations, and referring matters of common concern to the appropriate organizations.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 62,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.

The American Association of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 15,000 individual, 3,000 institutional and 300 corporate members, AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future.


Karen Muller