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National Archivist of the United States to give U of T lecture

March 24, 2014

David Ferriero to discuss challenges and opportunities for USA Open Government Leadership

TORONTO, ON Media are invited to attend a lecture by David Ferriero, National Archivist of the United States, who is the distinguished I.P. Sharp Lecturer for 2014 at the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto, on Wednesday, March 26. There will be limited media availability prior to the event.

Entitled “Open Government Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges for the Profession,” his talk will explore the impact of President Barack Obama’s Open Government Plan (2012–2014) on archivists, and discuss how users will access an ever-increasing quantity of government-generated records.  He will also talk about the impact on and changes to the archival profession, and by extension, up-and-coming information professionals.

Other special guests will include Hervé Déry, Acting Librarian & Archivist of Canada; Larry Alford, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries; and Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean & Professor, Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto.

What:       Open Government Leadership:  Opportunities and Challenges for the Profession

Who:        David Ferriero, National Archivist of the United States

When:      Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Where:     Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, University of Toronto St. George campus

Time:        6:30-8:30 pm (lecture & reception)

About the I.P. Sharp Lecture

The I.P. Sharp Lectureship was established at the Faculty of Information Studies in 1989 with an endowment from Reuters Information Services (Canada) Limited in honour of its founding president and former chief executive officer, Ian P. Sharp. It is intended to bring internationally renowned individuals to the campus who can explore the transformative effects of information practice. The lectures, which are open to the profession and members of the public, are delivered every three to four years by a distinguished figure in information science and related fields.

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For more information and to RSVP, please contact:

Kathleen O’Brien
Communications Officer, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Tel: 416-978-7184
kathleen.obrien@utoronto.ca