David F. McCartney, C.A.
University Archivist
The University of Iowa



Master of Arts, History, 1998; University of Maryland, College Park
Master of Library Science, 1998; University of Maryland, College Park
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1979; University of Wisconsin, Madison

Professional Certification

Academy of Certified Archivists, 2000 -

Professional Experience

University Archivist
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
January 2001 -

Oversee intellectual access to the University of Iowa Archives, including official records and faculty papers; supervise implementation of electronic access and database systems; assist in the development of digital library projects; supervise support and student staff; initiate and manage outreach activities; and serve as a resource person on the history of the University and the Archives. Assist other units of the Department of Special Collections and play an active role in Department activities and management.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
June 2002 -

Teach graduate-level Topics course Introduction to Archives (21:279). Present lectures, facilitate discussions, arrange on-site tours, and schedule guest speakers. Evaluate students on the basis of writing assignments and class participation.

Archives Consultant
History Associates, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland
October 1999 - December 2000

Archivist for Montgomery County, Maryland, under contract between the County and History Associates, Inc. Responded to reference requests; accessioned, arranged and described records reflecting the activity of Montgomery County government; designed and maintained the Archives' Web site; and provided professional guidance for a local neighborhood documentation project. Part-time position.

Archives Assistant
National Public Broadcasting Archives and the Library of American Broadcasting
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
February 1995 - August 1998; October 1999 - December 2000

Designed, developed and implemented databases of audio recordings for two nationally recognized broadcasting-related collections, searchable on the Web. Arranged, processed and developed finding aid for the audio collection of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Coordinated the combined collections of over 1,000 oral history interviews specializing in U.S. radio and television history; administered, catalogued and preserved the interviews' audio recordings and corresponding transcripts; secured appropriate release documentation; and maintained correspondence with participating interviewees to conclusion of each project. Part-time position.

Records Officer
International Monetary Fund
Washington, D.C.
September 1998 - October 1999

Surveyed and assessed the paper and electronic records management practices of several departments of the Fund as part of a three-member team. Prepared recommendations for the improvement of records storage, retrieval, retention and disposal practices; assisted with the development of an organization-wide file plan to standardize RM practices; assessed the Fund's audiovisual holdings for long-term preservation and access strategies. Contractual position; full-time.

Archives Technician
National Archives and Records Administration; Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch
College Park, Maryland
October 1994 - May 1998

Digitally scanned and edited bibliographic documents, primarily from the U.S. Air Force series, for agency's NAIL (NARA Archival Information Locator) database. Performed original and copy cataloging of government film titles for NAIL, utilizing Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. While cataloging, noted other pertinent bibliographic data, including production credits, technical format, generation of recording or film, and scope and content. Retrieved and re-shelved audio-visual materials in a variety of types and formats. Part-time position.

Processing Archivist
Floyd County Historical Society
Charles City, Iowa
July - August 1996

Arranged and described the papers of the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Collection as part of a University of Maryland course in archives administration. Collection encompassed about two linear feet of material, including correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, and personal mementoes of the noted suffragist. Volunteer position for academic credit.

Awards, Grants, and Scholarships
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National Film Preservation Foundation grants, 2002, 2003 and 2005
Improving Our Workplace Award (IOWA), University of Iowa, co-recipient, 2005
National Television and Video Preservation Foundation grant, 2004
Frank G. Burke Fellowship in Archives Studies, 1998
Richard Eaton Foundation Fellowship, 1996 - 1998
H.W. Wilson Scholarship, 1996
Iowa Film Awards finalist, community development category, 1994
Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi (Pacific Northwest Region):
    First Place, Health and Science Reporting, 1985
    First Place, Editorial and Analysis, 1985
    Four additional awards, 1984 and 1985
Alaska Press Club:
    First Place, Local Government Reporting, 1985
    Five additional awards, 1985 - 1987
Gay and Lesbian Press Association:
    First Place, Electronic Media, 1985 and 1986
Harry Grant Scholarship, The Milwaukee Journal,  1977

Publications, Conference Papers, and Sessions
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Session paper, "Preserving Web Sites," Midwest Archives Conference, Columbus, Ohio; May 2007

Five entries in The Iowa Biographical Dictionary; Bergman, Marvin; Loren Horton, and David Hudson, ed. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007 (scheduled)

Session paper, "Diverse Information, Discrete Access Point: Database Systems Multitask in the Archives," Midwest Archives Conference, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois; May 2006

Workshop co-presenter, "Essentials: Preservation," Midwest Archives Conference, Bloomington, Indiana; September 2005

Book review, "Organizing Archival Records: A Practical Method of Arrangement and Description for Small Archives," by David W. Carmichael. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004. In The Annals of Iowa. 63:4 (Fall 2004); 445-46.

Session chair, "Out of the Closet and into the Archives: Midwest GLBT History," Midwest Archives Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; May 2004

Five entries in The Encyclopedia of Radio; Sterling, Christopher H., ed. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2004

Workshop presenter, "What Do I Do With All This Stuff: Managing Papers and Records in Your Collections," Iowa Museum Association state conference, Iowa City, Iowa; October 2003

Session chair, "Web Site Appraisal and Preservation," Midwest Archives Conference, Kansas City, Missouri; April 2003

Workshop presenter, "Introduction to Arrangement and Description of Collections," Midwest Archives Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota; October 2002

Session chair, "Trends in Archival Reference," Midwest Archives Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana; October 2001

Discussion leader, "Preserving Institutional Web Sites," Society of American Archivists, Washington, D.C.; August 2001

"The Battle for Channel 7: A Media Showdown in Waterloo." Co-author with Grant Price. The Annals of Iowa. 59:3 (Summer 2000); 261-296.

"FBI Kept a Close Eye on Chapman Catt." Charles City [Iowa] Press. July 10, 1999: A1, A5

Conference paper, "Managing the News: The Nixon Administration, the Press, and Foreign Policy." Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, College Park, Maryland; June 1998

"Richard M. Nixon, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Conflict: A Case History of Influence on a Component of the Public Sphere." Master's thesis. Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park; May 1998

Conference paper, "Deductive Reasoning: The Curator, the Donor, and the I.R.S." Conference of the Society of American Archivists, San Diego, California; August 1996

Professional Activities and Memberships
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University of Iowa Libraries:
    Disaster Response Task Force, 2006 -
    Preservation Advisory Committee, 2002 - 2005
    Exhibit Subcommittee, 2003

University Service:
    Steering Committee, Iowa Project on Place Studies, 2002 -
    University of Iowa Collections Coalition, 2001-

External Activities and Memberships:
    Academy of Certified Archivists, 2000 -
    Archives of Iowa Broadcasting
                      National Advisory Board, 2004 -
                      Chair, Acquisitions and Policies Subcommittee, 2004 -
    Association of Moving Image Archivists; 1998 - 2001, 2004 -
    Beta Phi Mu, international library and information studies honor society, 1998 -
    Committee on Institutional Cooperation - University Archivists Group
                      Web site liaison, 2004 -
    Consortium of Iowa Archivists, 2001 -
    Floyd County Historical Society
                      Web site manager, 1998 -
    Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium, 2001 -
    Iowa Museum Association
                      Local Host Committee, October 2003 conference
    Midwest Archives Conference
                      Secretary, 2007 -
                      Membership Committee, 2001 -
                      Local Arrangements Committee, October 2004 conference
    National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
                      Board of Directors, 2004 -
                      Chair, Interpretation and Research Committee, 2004 -
    National 19th Amendment Society
                      Advisory Board, 1992 -
                      Web site manager, 1998 -
    Society of American Archivists
                      Steering Committee, College and University Archives Section, 2003 -
                      Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, 2005 -

Consulting Work:
    Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, 2005 -
    Review panel, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and National Film Preservation Foundation joint film preservation guide project, 2003
    African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, 2002

Other Work Experience

Order fulfillment, Hanna Andersson Co., Portland, Oregon; 1992-1994
Inventory control clerk, Made in Oregon Stores, Portland, Oregon; 1990-1992
Co-owner and co-manager, Teddy Bear Express, Portland, Oregon; 1987-1990
Reporter / producer (volunteer), KSKA-FM, Anchorage, Alaska; 1982-1986
Reporter / anchor, KENI / KKGR, Anchorage, Alaska; 1984-1986
Press secretary, Pegge Begich, U.S. House of Representatives candidate, Anchorage, Alaska; 1984
Reporter / anchor, KTNX / Alaska Radio Network, Anchorage, Alaska; 1982-1984
Reporter / anchor, WCLO / WJVL, Janesville, Wisconsin; 1980-1982
Announcer, WHA / Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison, Wisconsin; 1977-1980
News intern, KGLO-TV, Mason City, Iowa; 1976
Announcer, WOI-TV, Ames, Iowa; 1974-1975
Announcer, KCHA / KCHA-FM, Charles City, Iowa; 1972-1974

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