Burt Altman has worked in academic libraries and in an historical society. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Ithaca College, M.A. in History from Adelphi University, Masters in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and is a Certified Archivist.
Burt joined the library faculty at the Florida State University Libraries in 1981, serving as Congressional Archivist in the FSU Libraries' Claude Pepper Library and Archivist/Librarian in the Division of Special Collections and Archives. He shares responsibility for collection development and subject liaison activities for the department of Political Science.
Burt has given talks locally and at state and national archival conferences on the topics of library and archives disaster preparedness, preservation, digital projects, and using interns and volunteers in archives. With several Florida archival colleagues, he is developing an interactive publication of archival case studies that will be used as a training tool and a reference source. Another area of professional interest is developing outreach publications and programs that promote congressional and other political collections.
He is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Florida Archivists, and the North Florida Library Association.