May 11, 2012 – On May 7, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced the appointment of William A. Mayer as Executive for Research Services for the National Archives and Records Administration, effective June 18, 2012.
Archivist Ferriero stated in a press release, “Bill Mayer is uniquely qualified to lead a nationwide team in delivering world-class services to customers wanting access to the National Archives' vast holdings of accessioned Federal records. He will direct a program that acquires, preserves, and makes historical records accessible at fifteen facilities across the country and on the archives.gov website. One of Mayer’s top priorities will be to build a systematic, ongoing program to identify and meet researcher customer needs through on-site and online services.”
Mayer has more than 20 years of experience working in research environments, most recently having served as the University Librarian at American University in Washington, DC. Prior to his work at American University, Mayer served from 2001 to 2007 as the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Technical Services at George Washington University. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University.
Mayer’s library career began in 1990 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, and later moved to the Harvard Business School Library as access services manager. He came to DC in 1999 to serve as the systems librarian for public services for the Washington Research Library Consortium. Mayer is an international speaker and leader on the changing face of services in research organizations, management of organizational change, and innovative applications of technology in information systems. He was George Washington University’s first Frye Leadership Institute Scholar in 2005. He earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington and a MLS from Simmons College in Boston.
Additional information is available on the NARA website.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]