David Fiske - Ballston Spa, NY

Work History

New York State Library, Albany, NY (2007 to 2011, retired)
Senior Librarian. Web page maintenance, including novelnewyork.org site, coordination of vendor-provided database training, database evaluation, preparation of statistical summaries, supervision of library assistants in Division of Library Development.

Mildred Elley Business School, Latham, NY (2001 to 2007)
Library Director. Helped students with library and Internet research, maintained online catalog and library Web site, provided instruction on research methods, and created user guides for commercial databases and Internet resources. Oversight of collection development, planning and budgeting. Supervised volunteers and assistant librarians. Taught a credit class on business research.

Rockefeller College, Professional Development Program, Albany, NY (2000 to 2001)
Senior Education Specialist: Developed curriculum for traditional and computer-based training, including use of CBIquick simulation software. Also created and maintained Intranet site.

Pearse EFT, Malta, NY (1998 to 2000)
Documentation Specialist: Wrote, coded, proofed, and tested HTML online help for Internet banking software. Also tested and edited HTML-based software demo.

Legislative Retrieval System, Albany, NY (1990 to 1998)
Training/Support Representative: Conducted training classes, prepared documentation, and provided telephone support for users of legislative database system.

BRS Information Technologies, Latham, NY (1984 to 1990)
Technical Writer: Prepared and oversaw production of printed and online documentation describing features of Unix-based BRS/Search database software.
Documentation Coordinator: Produced printed and online documentation for use by customers of national online database vendor. Supervised two documentation specialists.
Documentation Specialist: Responsible for writing and editing documentation materials, including database guides, newsletter articles, and promotional materials.

Shenendehowa Library, Clifton Park, NY (1983)
Computer Instructor: Responsible for developing and implementing a series of computer programming classes for youths.

Albany Urban Renewal Agency, Albany, NY (1981 to 1983)
Records Archivist: Responsible for organizing and maintaining Agency's archival and current records.

New York State Archives, Albany, NY (1981)
Indexing Assistant: Worked as member of team producing input material for computer-generated index of Archives' collection of film scripts (which is now available online).

Congressional Information Service, Bethesda, MD (1980 to 1981)
Abstractor/Indexer: Responsible for describing and indexing statistical materials for use in national monthly publication.

Information Science Abstracts, Albany, NY (1978 to 1979)
Assistant Editor: Responsible for compiling and editing abstracts for publication in international abstracts journal. Supervised two editorial assistants.


SUNY/Albany, 1978 Masters in Library Science

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1976 Bachelors, Government Major


Society for Technical Communication (service as Newsletter Editor and Chapter President)

Article: "Removing Obstacles to Easy Reading," published in Technical Communication, May 1994.

Presentations at Interchange Conference: "Use of a Full-Text Database Program as a Publishing Tool," 1991, and "Writing for Everybody: Universal Design and Documentation," 1993.

Presentation on Internet Genealogy at Saratoga Springs Public Library, June 1999.

Historical talks on Solomon Northup at Chapman Historical Museum, June 2000, at Solomon Northup Day, July 2002, and at Researching New York conference, November 2004.

NY Library Association Institute presentation, "Genealogy and the Librarian," August 2005.

NY Library Association conference presentation, "Family Trees: Roots and All," October 2005.

Presentation on Nate Salsbury's Black America Show, Researching New York Conference, November 2006.