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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