150,000 Followers for todaysdocument!
We couldn’t asked for a better early birthday present! (We turn 3 in May!) Thanks again to all our fans, followers, rebloggers, Tumblr staff and history nerds everywhere!
Some cool facts from our Archives Fair today!
The numbers do not lie! NARA’s Meredith Stewart shows how crowdsourcing and social media sites have broadened access to NARA content.
(Obligatory reblog as Meredith was one of our original Today’s Document team members!)
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.
Happy 25th Birthday, World Wide Web!
March 12, 2014, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the World Wide Web. For most of that time, the National Archives has had some online presence. In 1994, the National Archives started a pilot project to make information about the agency available electronically through Gopher (remember that?) at gopher://gopher.nara.gov. Our first website, www.nara.gov, was launched in 1996. (“NARA” in the URL coming from the full name of the agency: the National Archives and Records Administration.)
Twenty-five years and many redesigns later, we’ve come a long way from gopher. But the Archives’ mission of making our holdings more readily available to the public has not changed. You can find us now at www.archives.gov, with an upgraded online digital catalog plus a bevy of social media offerings including Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, blogs, and of course, Tumblr to connect with the public.
What has the web changed about how you work or learn? What do you remember most about life before the internet?
Two for Tumblr Tuesday: Tumblr for Feds: Gifs, Memes, and More
February has been a big month for the Federal Tumblr community. First we hosted Tumblr’s own Liba Rubenstein at our Federal Tumblr Working Group meetup, then last week four of us presented at DigitalGov University’s Tumblr webinar!
On February 19, a group of four federal Tumblrarians — Jessica Milcetich from USA.gov (usagov) , Darren Cole from the National Archives (todaysdocument) , Katie Gorscak from HHS (stopbullying) and Michelle Thomas from BLM (mypubliclands), joined DigitalGov University to showcase how they each use Tumblr in a different way to support their agencies’ missions, drive engagement and reach their target audiences.
Highlights from the webinar include:
- Case studies on different ways to use Tumblr to meet your mission
- Reaching the elusive teen and young adult audience
- Ways to grow engagement
- Using Tumblr as part of a larger social media strategy
Read more at Tumblr: A Flexible Social Media Platform | DigitalGov.
Tumblr Tuesday: Tumblr visits the National Archives!
Earlier this month we were thrilled to welcome Tumblr’s own Liba Rubenstein (libawr), Director of Politics & Causes outreach as a special guest to the Federal Tumblr Working Group Meetup at the National Archives.
These meetups are an opportunity for government agencies on Tumblr to share information, tips, policy questions, best practices, and technical support for working on the platform. We were joined by fellow tumblarians (and future tumblarians?) from 11 other agencies and bureaus in all, including:
- todaysdocument Today’s Document from the National Archives
- usnatarchives from the U.S. National Archives
- congressarchives from the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives
- stopbullying from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention
- usagov from the General Services Administration
- mypubliclands from the Bureau of Land Management
- ourpresidents from the Office of Presidential Libraries
- aotus from the Archivist of the United States
- icontherecord from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- archivesofamericanart from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art
- statedept from the U.S. Department of State
- uscenter from the Department of State’s U.S. Center
- exchangealumni from the Department of State International Exchange Alumni
- historyatstate from the Department of State’s Office of the Historian
- fdrlibrary from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
- jfklibrary from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
- (looking for more? See the #GovTumblr list compiled by mypubliclands.)
Keep reading for some of Liba’s Tumblr tips and her answers to our questions on engagement, metrics, helping users in distress & more »
Want to learn more about the Iditarod National Historic Trail? Join our Federal Tumblr colleagues at the Bureau of Land Management (mypubliclands) for their Iditarod #BLMIditaChat on Tuesday, February 11th!
Join the #BLMIditaChat!
Join @BLMAlaska and classrooms across the country for a Twitter chat with Alaskan mushers and BLM Iditarod National Historic Trail Coordinator Kevin Keeler.
Join in and follow the conversation on www.twitter.com/BLMAlaska hashtag #BLMIditaChat, on Tuesday, February 11th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. AKST (2 to 4 p.m. EST).
If you don’t have a Twitter account and want to ask a question, email your questions to email@example.com. All answers will be tweeted by @BLMAlaska.
Learn more at www.blm.gov/ak/BLMIditaChat
Did you know Todays Document is on Twitter too? We just reached 10,001 followers - you could be follower 10,002!
— Today’s Document (@TodaysDocument)
"New Year Suggestion", 1945
Made that New Year’s Resolution yet? How about suggesting a post for Today’s Document?
- Search the National Archives’ online catalog
- Find a photo, document or other record that interests you (browse our Tumblr archive for inspiration)
- Tell us when we should post it and why
- Submit a post!
Remember - these are your records - get to know them!
140,000 Followers on Today’s Document!
One of the nicest things about Tumblr is that Christmas comes early!
From the team at Today’s Document, thanks again to all our followers, fans, rebloggers, history nerds, fellow tumblarians, and to our National Archives colleagues who have made all these great records available for us to share!
We love bringing you a little sliver of history every day, and are gratified that you all keep coming back for more—and you bring your friends with you!
Q:When you put an image from NARA's holdings on line, why do you not also cite the photo identification number? That number provides a direct link to the image for anyone interested in it, and to other related images. I know you have it listed elshewhere, but it takes several links before you actually get to the correct citation - an image from the holdings should always be properly cited.
We agree — which is why we always try to directly link to the items in the National Archives’ online catalog via the Tumblr “Source” link (highlighted below in 2 variations).
With one click you can access the authoritative item entry, source image, other metadata and can dig further into that series if you want to research more.
If we are reblogging another post that lacks a source link, or posting an item that’s not in the online catalog then we try our best to include as much of the citation as we’re able to.
(Another advantage of the Tumblr Source link is that it’s persistent and cannot be changed or removed by other rebloggers.)
Thanks for writing!
Source link as it appears on todaysdocument.tumblr.com:
Source link as it appears in the Tumblr Dashboard:
"…the purpose of the Archives is to make all these records accessible but it’s unusual for us to do it with Twitter and Tumblr and all the rest, but I firmly believe the founders would have been very happy about that."
-Cokie Roberts’ remarks during the Records of Rights reveal this morning
At Today’s Document we’re working to make it much much less unusual to share our records on Tumblr & Twitter (and the rest…). But be sure to check out the new Records of Rights exhibit in person if you can!
This morning was the Big Reveal for the first document to be displayed in our new Records of Rights exhibit!
Deputy Archivist Debra Wall (in yellow) and journalist Cokie Roberts revealed the 14th Amendment at our tweet up.
The public voted online, and the 14th Amendment received over half the votes.
The other documents from the vote will be displayed in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery over the upcoming year. Come and visit us: http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/rubenstein-gallery.html
Our new Innovation Hub (archivesinnovation) tests out Vine with an #MST3K style screening of The Turkey Business:
Abe Lincoln & George Washington watching the newly digitized The Turkey Business
We’re testing out Vine here in the Innovation Hub at the National Archives and just happened to catch these two screening this vintage Thanksgiving film from the Department of Agriculture.
Recently digitized by our colleagues in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, you can see the complete film and more Thanksgiving footage on the U.S. National Archives’ YouTube Channel!