2014 Deans' and Directors' Lecture
Chief Innovation officer discussed citizen engagement efforts at National Archives
Many people think about the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution when they think of the National Archives. But most people do not realize that the National Archives also holds more than10 billion pages of textual records and more than133 terabytes of electronic data? These are the permanent records of the federal government.
Pamela Wright, chief innovation officer of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., discussed the innovative efforts at the National Archives to provide access to these records and to support and encourage public participation in making the records available online. Wright was the featured speaker at the 29th annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture, hosted by the School of Library and Information Science.
Recently named as one of 2014’s Federal Top 100, Wright was selected in 2012 to serve as the National Archives’ first Chief Innovation Officer. She leads the agency’s projects in innovation, digitization, web, social media, description, and online public engagement. Wright previously served as the agency's Chief Digital Access Strategist (2009-2011), where she united the web, social media, and online catalog staff into an award-winning integrated team for improved online public access, and as the manager of the Archival Research Catalog (2005-2008), where she led staff responsible for developing and implementing policies, processes, systems and standards relating to the description of records. She currently serves as the agency representative to the White House Open Government Working Group and the Digital Public Library of America.
Wright began her work at the National Archives as an archivist in the Initial Processing and Declassification unit in 2001 and holds undergraduate degrees in history and English from the University of Montana, as well as a graduate certificate in project management from the George Washington University. Prior to her work at the Archives, she was a staff historian for a private consulting firm, conducting research at local, state and federal facilities across the country.
The Deans' and Directors' Lecture of the School of Library and Information Science honors current and former Deans and Directors, Wayne S. Yenawine, F. William Summers, John Olsgaard, Fred Roper, Dan Barron, and Samantha Hastings, for their many contributions to the school and the profession.
The Deans' and Directors' Lecture is sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science, the Beta Omega Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, and the Library and Information Science Student Association.
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