Help Us Innovate!
We are excited that this is the first time a National Archives project is featured! For our project, “Crowdsourcing Tools to Unlock Government Records,” innovators will lead the open development of crowdsourcing tools for the public to easily contribute to government records at the National Archives and improve the effectiveness of crowdsourcing across the government.
Do you want to make a difference in government? Apply today!
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
TODAY at 2pm: #AskAOTUS! Join the Archivist of the United States for an “Ask the Archivist” Hangout on Google+!
Hanging Out for American Archives Month
As a kickoff to American Archives Month, I invite you to join us on Google+ for an Ask the Archivist Hangout. I’ll be answering your questions on Tuesday, September 24th from 2-2:30 pm, EST, from my office in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. And if you’re not able to watch it live, the hangout will be posted on YouTube so you can check it out later.
So, what will we talk about? That’s up to you! Send me your questions about what it means to be the Archivist of the United States by tweeting them with the #AskAOTUS hashtag, or posting them on Google+ with the same hashtag. I’m ready to answer any questions you might have and I will even show you around my office. I’m eager to hang out with you on September 24th!
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
Our curators at the National Archives are standing by to answer your questions on Twitter today. (Yes, we do have curators even though we are an archives!)
Tweet your question to @USNatArchives and use the hashtag #AskACurator
We’ll be answering questions from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m. (EST).
Cast your vote! Help National Archives curators select the first original landmark document in the new Rubenstein Gallery when it opens on November 8.
We’re asking the public to choose from five landmark documents:
- the 14th Amendment
- the 26th Amendment
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- the Immigration Act (1965)
- Desegregation of the Armed Forces
Cast your vote now! Go to http://go.usa.gov/DWSw
(The original Berryman cartoon is here: http://research.archives.gov/description/1696624)
This month is our 2nd Tumblrversary and we now stand at over 99,500 followers and climbing!
Two years ago we started the Today’s Document Tumblr as a somewhat dubious social media experiment and never would have believed that today we’d be on the cusp of 100,000 followers. We love bringing you a little sliver of history every day, and are gratified that you all keep coming back for more. So here’s to all our fans, followers, rebloggers, history nerds, fellow tumblarians, and to our National Archives colleagues who have made all these great records available for us to share! Thanks!!
(And just in case this wasn’t apparent, no, there is no “U.S. Social Media Commission” we’re aware of - but check out the GSA’s USA.gov Tumblr - they’re probably the closest thing to it.)
Measuring Success on Tumblr with Today’s Document:
Many of our followers requested more information on our recent presentation at DC’s Social Media Week, so, by popular demand, here are a few excerpts of our 5-minute* Lightning Talk for “Defining and Measuring Success on Social Media for Museums and Arts Organizations:"
Be sure to see the full Storify feed for a great recap of all the presentations from the #SmwMuseSocial panel. Thanks to all the panelists & attendees and everyone who helped to live-tweet the event!
(*undoubtedly we went well over the 5 minute limit but Dana Allen-Greil, our moderator-extraordinaire, was too polite call us on it.)
50,000 Followers on Today’s Document!
We couldn’t have asked for a nicer early Christmas present, and of course — it’s never too soon for a proper thank-you.
So from the team at Today’s Document, here’s a big thanks to all our followers, fans, & rebloggers — and to all our colleagues at here the National Archives who make all our featured records available.
How do you like to get your news and information from the National Archives? Do you have access to what you need? How can we serve you better?
Tell us what you think! Take this 10-minute survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/naraexternal.
The survey will be available until midnight, December 6. Thank you!
Image: PFC Isabella Hardacre, Chicago, Illinois, a WAC telephone operator in U. S. headquarters at the Potsdam Conference in Germany disposes of hundreds of inquiries a day on the information phones of the headquarters switchboard., 07/15/1945
Recycling last year’s post — what better way to celebrate America Recycles Day?
Tag It Tuesday! America Recycles!
Today is America Recycles Day, a day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. To show that recycling isn’t a load of rubbish, today’s Tag It Tuesday challenge is to tag our records related to recycling.
THE RECYCLING CENTER IN PARK SLOPE (BROOKLYN) HANDLES THREE TONS OF NEWSPAPERS PER WEEK. EARNINGS FROM RECYCLING PAY FOR A PROGRAM TO COMBAT DRUG ADDICTION, 04/1973 (NAID 549810)
As part of our continued commitment to serving the members of our nation’s Armed Forces, we’re joining with the Sierra Club Mission Outdoors program for our first annual Veterans Day Essay and Photo Contest. This contest, centered on the theme “What My Public Lands Mean to Me,” encourages veterans, active-duty military, and their families to submit photos, essays and video about their experiences and memories of time spent outside on America’s public lands. http://mypubliclands.challenge.gov
October 12 is Digital Archives Day
We thought we’d take this opportunity to invite all you digital citizen archivists to try your hand at a tagging mission on our Online Catalog!
We Can Tag It!
We need your help tagging photos and documents in the online catalog for the National Archives.
With every tag you add, you’re doing your part to help the next person discover that record. Go ahead and give it at try.
*Update: Number of followers of Today’s Document on Tumblr:
By The Numbers
This is a snapshot of a variety of data points we are tracking to measure how we are doing. I am especially interested in trends as we focus more and more on digital access. Is the investment paying off in terms of numbers of eyeballs on our content? What impact does online access have on onsite visits? Are our efforts around social media paying off? Are we finding the people where they are? And making it easy for them to discover our content? And what difference has having a Wikipedian-in-Residence had?! You be the judge.
Percentage of online users visiting archives.gov via mobile device in FY11: 4.6
Percentage of online users visiting archives.gov via mobile device in FY12: 10.2
Number of visits to all NARA facilities in FY11: 3,048,906
Number of visits to all NARA facilities so far in FY 12: 2,807,685
Number of visits Archives.gov in FY 11: 18,372,040 (so far in FY 12: 23,138,185)
Number of researcher visits to all NARA facilities in FY 11: 129,435
Number of written requests answered by all NARA offices in FY 11: 1,300,803
- Number of written requests (includes fax, letter, email) received by all NARA archival offices in FY 11: 207,281 (so far in FY 12: 114,538)
- Number of written requests received by the St. Louis Military Personnel Records Center in FY11: 1,093,522 (so far in FY 12: 889,283)
Number of visits to ARC/OPA in FY11: 830,288 (so far in FY 12: 1,453,516)
Number of visits 1940 Census received since April 2012: 5,126,627
Number of views of NARA social media sites in FY 11: 22,240,389 (so far in FY 12: 34,044,797)
Number of staff creating content on NARA’s social media channels in FY09: 11
Number of staff creating content on NARA’s social media channels in FY11: 1300
Number of views of NARA’s 13 external blogs in FY11: 600,000 (so far in FY 12: 635,569)
*Number of followers of Today’s Document on Tumblr: 34,862
Number of downloads of Today’s Document mobile app (IOS and Droid): 60,000
Number of NARA digital copies on our Flickr account (June 2009 to date): 12,026
Number of user-contributed tags on our Flickr digital copies (June 2009 to date): 90,353
Estimated number of views of Wikipedia articles with NARA digital copies in FY12: 750,000,000
Help Transcribe Records Related to the Katyn Forest Massacre
Learn more about records relating to the Katyn Forest Massacre at the National Archives.
Constitution 225: Tweet the Preamble!
Think you can condense the Preamble into 140 characters? Tweet away, or reblog with your submission!
It took 5 men to write the 52-word Preamble, but we think you can do it in 140 characters on Twitter (or in the comments below).
From today through September 17—the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution—we’re asking you to condense the meaning of the Preamble in a bite-sized tweet and let us know at @USNatArchives.
On Constitution Day, the Archivist of the United States will choose the winner, who will receive a pocket-size Constitution from the Foundation for the National Archives.
The rules are simple: shorten the Preamble down to as few words (or letters) as possible while retaining the Preamble’s meaning, then tweet us your response using the hashtag #Preamble. (Or, just put your submission in the comments below)
“We the People of the United States, in Order to
form a more perfect Union, establish Justice,
insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America.”
Full details here: http://go.usa.gov/r7TH