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Senate Confirms Simmons College Alumnus As Next United States Archivist

BOSTON (November 10, 2009) — The U.S. Senate recently voted to confirm David S. Ferriero, an alumnus of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, as archivist of the United States at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Ferriero was nominated by President Barack Obama in July.

Ferriero, a 1974 graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will become the 10th archivist since NARA was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt. NARA is the nation's primary record keeping organization, with holdings dating back to 1775. The U.S. Archivist is responsible for oversight of the activities of NARA, such as holding public records and releasing government documents, including presidential papers.

Previously, Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, one of the largest public library systems in the U.S. and one of the largest research library systems in the world. In this position, Ferriero was responsible for collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions. Previously, Ferriero served as the chief executive of NYPL's Research Libraries, and as the university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University. He began his career as a junior library assistant at the MIT Libraries, where he spent 31 years, leaving in 1996 as the acting co-director of the MIT Libraries.

The nationally ranked Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science is one of the oldest and largest library and information science programs in the nation. Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally recognized university located in the heart of Boston that includes an undergraduate college for women, the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women, and graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, education, liberal arts, and communications management.