Professional Biography: Joseph Andrew Settanni

by callthepatriot

Joseph Andrew Settanni, Certified Records Manager (CRM), CPC (Certified Professional Consultant) attained his BA in Teacher Preparation, with scholarships, at Manhattan College, magna cum laude; being awarded the prestigious McGoldrick Medal for History, May 1976, NY, NY; academic honors included memberships in: Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi, and Epsilon Sigma Pi.

He went on, with a university scholarship, to get his MA in (American Urban Cultural) History, June 1977, at New York University, which included three archival internships and historical editing work done on The Papers of William Livingston; then, obtained his Archives Management Certificate, NYU, October 1978.

Earned Project Management Fundamentals Certificate, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas, 2013. Settanni took some graduate Library Science courses at Queens College, City University of NY, 1986; earned two Data Communications Certificates at the Technical Careers Institute, NY, NY, 1986; he has had an extensive not-for-profit, corporate, and government records work background covering 38 years.  He has been listed, of course, in numerous Who’s Who books.

He has done paid records management consulting work, in 1989, for both a Federal District judge, concerning the NYPD’s Special “Red Squad” Files, and, also, a labor union president, besides doing pro bono consulting work.

His talks, in past years, had been, e. g., before a local Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) international Chapter, meaning the Mid-Hudson Chapter in upstate New York, and once at a Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference (MARAC) meeting.  The most recent presentation, on the topic of Risk Management, was on May 11, 2011, given before the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of ARMA International, during its monthly meeting.

He has proctored several Institute of Certified Records Managers examinations and was on the 1985 Arrangements Committee of the ARMA Annual Conference that was then held in New York City at the New York Hilton. Settanni has been an ARMA member since 1983 and a CRM since 1985.  He once also had been, for over 10 years, a Certified Archivist.  Archives Seminars were held, by him, at the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, Whippany, NJ where he was employed.

Current professional memberships: Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) International, Ark-La-Tex ARMA Chapter, Institute of Certified Records Managers, and National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators.

Past memberships have included: Association for Information and Image Management, Society of American Archivists, American Management Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Long Island Archives Conference, American Consultants League, International Records Management Council, Society of Southwest Archivists, and other organizations. Participant in ARMA Speakers Bureau and acted as a reviewer of IIMC-NAGARA publications.

Past published writing, in print, has included, as main examples, such publications as: Journal of Information and Image Management, Office Systems, The Office, Administrative Management, International Records Management Quarterly, Modern Office Technology, IMC Journal, Document Management, Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, and the Newsletter of the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, where he had been, for slightly over 12 years, the Archivist/Project Manager.

For the Smith County Record Services Department, he wrote/published the RSD Newsletter from April 2011 to May 2012.  More online writing on many subjects is found, e. g., at and on his personal blogs, etc.  Just type in both:  Joseph Andrew Settanni and records management, as the combined search terms on Google, and a whole lot of writing, over a number of decades, will be easily seen in the many links listed.


Scholarly or other writing has appeared in such print publications as: The University Bookman, The Chesterton Review, New Oxford Review, Faith & Reason, Chronicles of Culture, and Modern Age.

Past Positions held: (in advancing chronological order) Associate Archivist, Salvation Army Archives and Research Center, NYC, 1977-1982; Assistant Chief, Records Management Unit, NYC Department of Records and Information Services, 1982-1987; Records Manager/University Archivist, New School University, NYC, 1987-1991; Records Management Consultant, Helena, MT, 1991-1992; Archivist/Project Director, Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, Whippany, NJ, 1992-2004; Archival and Records Management Specialist, Optimus Corporation, Fort Collins, CO, 2004-2005; Records Information Manager IV, ASRC Management Services, Denver, CO, 2005; General Schedule Records Analyst, Archives and Records Management Division, Office of Secretary of State, Olympia, WA, 2007; and Records Management Consultant, Oakville, WA, 2007-February 2011.

Currently, he is the Director of Records Services of the Records Services Department and Records Management Officer for Smith County, Texas since March 11, 2011.