A rare photo-op for the #GovTumblr contingent at the whitehouse Tumblr Q&A!
Federal Tumblarians you ask? Learn more about the Federal Government on Tumblr →
(Miss the White House Q&A? Catch the recap at whitehouse.tumblr.com.)
Today’s Document turns 3 today!
3,000 posts and 150,000 followers later, we couldn’t have asked for a better 3 years sharing the historic, important, & otherwise curious records from the National Archives!
Thanks to all our followers, rebloggers & Tumblr staff!!
(And hope you enjoyed our celebratory #VelocipedeToWorkDay post!)
Today’s Document: Learn About History, One Document at a Time
Regarding George Washington’s Oath of Office, National Archives. (See more than page one at http://todaysdocument.tumblr.com/post/84322163697/congressarchives-225th-anniversary-of-the-first)
If you’re interested in American history but prefer to learn in small bits, Today’s Document is a great resource for you. With a website, Tumblr, Twitter account, Facebook page, Flickr page, and even a mobile…
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 »
Whether you’ve been waiting for a while to sign up with Tumblr or whether you’re just curious how government agencies can leverage a platform known to be the breeding ground for the latest gifs and memes, this webinar will show you examples of how agencies have successfully taken advantage of gifs, memes and everything else Tumblr has to offer to meet their missions, increase audience engagement and build brand recognition.
February 19 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Update 2/26/2014: In case you missed it, Digital Gov University recorded the webinar, and we’ve shared it here: Two for Tumblr Tuesday: Tumblr for Feds: Gifs, Memes, and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All answers will be tweeted by @BLMAlaska.
Learn more at www.blm.gov/ak/BLMIditaChat
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