From 1980 to 1988, David was University Archivist and Head of Special Collections at Gallaudet University, the only Liberal Arts program exclusively for the Deaf in the world. From 1988 to 1997, he held the position of Curator of Manuscripts and Archives at Harvard Law School, the second largest repository of legal archives and special collections in the United States. From 1997-2001, he was the Library Director at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland, administering one of America’s largest Colonial- and Civil War-era collections.
From 2001-2016, he served as Associate Director and Head of Technical Services at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and held the tenured University rank of Distinguished Librarian. In this position, he managed 27 staff and 12 student assistants involved in acquisitions, cataloging, archival processing, and digital management of the Library’s collections. The Bancroft Library is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of institutional archives, manuscripts, rare books, and special collections in the United States. Its holdings include over 750,000 rare books, 85,000 linear feet of manuscripts and University Archives, 8 million photographs and other visual materials, 72,000 microforms, and 23,000 historical maps.
He has also been, since 2004, a lecturer at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science, a graduate degree program offering only online classes, where he teaches classes on archives, metadata, and records management.
David holds the B.A. degree in History from Wabash College (1976) and the MLIS degree from Simmons College (1979).