Ferriero, David S., 1945-

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David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Previously, 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 was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions. Among his responsibilities at the NYPL was the development of the library’s digital strategy, which currently encompasses partnerships with Google and Microsoft, a website that reaches more than 25 million unique users annually, and a digital library of more than 750,000 images that may be accessed free of charge by any user around the world. Before joining the NYPL in 2004, 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 a 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. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he started in the humanities library at MIT, where he worked for 31 years, rising to associate director for public services and acting co-director of libraries. In 1996, Mr. Ferriero moved to Duke University, where he served as University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs until 2004. At Duke, he raised more than $50 million to expand and renovate the university’s library and was responsible for instructional technology initiatives, including overseeing Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology.
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referencedIn News Service Biographical Files, ., circa 1930s - 2004 University Archives, Duke University.
referencedIn Biographical Reference Collection, ., 1972 - 2004 University Archives, Duke University.
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creatorOf Letter from David A. Ferriero to President John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy Library
creatorOf Letter from David Ferriero to President Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf Letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson from David S. Ferriero Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
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United States
Đà Nẵng Harbor (Vietnam)
Durham (N.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Acton (Mass.)
Beverly (Mass.)
Danvers (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Boston (Mass.)
Đà Nẵng (Vietnam)
Cambridge (Mass.)
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Birth 1945-12-31





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