School of Information Sciences

Archival Agitators and Advocates Lecture Series

hosted by the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Information Ethics and Policy and the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter

Meet the Speaker Coffee will be held at 10:30 AM, followed by the lectures from 11:00 AM - noon.

All events will be held in Room 501 of the IS Building, 135 North Bellefield Avenue.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Anthony Clark, freelance scholar
"Presidential Libraries: The Last Campaign; How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity and Enshrine their Legacies."

Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark holds a Master's degree in Management & Systems from New York University, and has taken additional graduate coursework in the social sciences. Mr. Clark has worked for the past 17 years as an information technology consultant and writer, and taught as an adjunct faculty member in Business and Information Systems at three community colleges. From 2004 to 2005, he was the Director of Planning and Information Technology for the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC, which has often been described as "a presidential library for the Pope."

Mr. Clark is completing a history of the Presidential libraries, a project taking him to every library; evaluating the experiences of visitors to these institutions; interviewing docents, guards, and library staff, including their directors and high-ranking staff at the National Archives; attending public events; working in their public research rooms; and examining the administrative and other files in and about these institutions.  He published an essay about his fight to open the records of the Office of Presidential Libraries in the History News Network which can be viewed here.



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Lecture Series

Lecture series such as this one permit our students to explore how the information profession faces ethical and accountability challenges in the field.