Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Plans to automate NARA pull slips

THANKS to Harold McClendon for forwarding this important information about a proposed change in how files are pulled at the National Archives (US).

In a message dated 6/30/2011 8:16:26 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
I am part of a NARA team that is working on the concept of automating the records pull slips.  We are currently concentrating on requirements.  We are still very early in this process.  We invite you to attend one or both of two meetings to discuss what requirements/features you'd like to have in such an electronic system.  Project director Rich Tomlinson will brief us about the project and lead the discussion of requirements.
The meeting dates are:
Archives 1, Thursday July 7, 2:00-3:00 Room G-24
Archives 2  Tuesday July 12, 10:00-11:00 Lecture Room B
We will be posting this on the researcher blog.
I hope you are able to make one or both of the meetings.  If NARA is able to successfully implement this automation project, it will help to make it much easier to conduct research at the National Archives.
In the event you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you might send an e-mail to Diane Dimkoff ( with any comments or thoughts on the project.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.


  1. That would be wonderful! The Library of Congress already allows you to request books online, and will send emails to keep you updated on where you book is, and when it arrives at your designated reading location. A similar system at NARA would be awesome!

  2. Not that I'm bragging or anything, but we've had an electronic system for ordering documents at The National Archives (UK) for years. It usually takes about 40 minutes for a document to arrive, and you can check the status of your order by swiping your Reader's Ticket on terminals all over the building, including in the coffee bar - now that's what I call civilized!

  3. I really, really agreed about the automation. As we can see that time is like running faster. And of course, sometimes we want to do many jobs than just focusing on one. So, this automation is really applicable to any of our business.