Author Archives: Kristen Albrittain

Vote on the Archives.gov Homepage Designs!

A new participation opportunity is available to you as part of the Archives.gov redesign activities – vote on the Archives.gov homepage designs! The four design candidates will be on display July 6-9 in the National Archives Research Rooms in College … Continue reading

Posted in Archives.gov Redesign, Miscellaneous, Online Research, Open Government, Social Media (Web 2.0)

What do you call it when….

As the Archives.gov website redesign preparation continues, we’re looking for your input on how to refer to NARA’s vast collection of records. What would you collectively call all of the documents, photos, and videos that the National Archives stores? For … Continue reading

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Stop by to See Us at the NARA Genealogy Fair

Are you planning to attend the National Archives’ 6th annual Genealogy Fair? If so, we hope you’ll come visit us at our exhibit tables. NARA’s new Open Government Plan (PDF) highlights how crucial social media is to opening up the … Continue reading

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Grassroots Archives Recognition

We wanted to share a few pictures from a recent awards ceremony in Congress, where Chairman Clay was presented with a Duke Ellington Public Domain Merit Badge today by Public Resource.org for grassroots efforts on making NARA’s resources available to … Continue reading

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Welcome back, RACO!

The National Records Management Program’s RACO blog, which paved the way for all other National Archives social media projects back in the spring of 2009 has been reborn as Records Express, the official blog of the National Records Management Program … Continue reading

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DC-area Researchers: Welcome to our new discussion space!

Our researchers in Archives I asked for a way that we could continue the discussions begun at our recent researcher meeting at Archives I in Washington, DC. Special media researchers have also encouraged us to make communications easier with staff … Continue reading

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Question: How should NARA use Twitter?

Cultural organizations sometimes get a bad rap for adopting “technology for technology’s sake.” This tends to happen when observers feel that the excitement and widespread appeal of a new product has eclipsed its actual usefulness within the scope of the … Continue reading

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NARA Staff Favorites- Online Records

We’ve loved reading your suggestions and comments about sharing NARA’s holdings on Flickr, and it’s been interesting to see which images people are marking as favorites. All of this got us wondering about which records NARA insiders are particularly fond … Continue reading

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NARA Staff Favorites: Online Records

We’ve loved reading your suggestions and comments about sharing NARA’s holdings on Flickr, and it’s been interesting to see which images people are marking as favorites. All of this got us wondering about which records NARA insiders are particularly fond … Continue reading

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Question: We are planning to revamp our topical subject pages. What topics are missing or need more attention?

There’s no question- the National Archives holds a LOT of stuff. That breadth can be a challenge to explain to new researchers and casual website visitors, whose understanding of NARA collections may be as broad as “all the records made … Continue reading

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