Friday, September 28, 2012

NARA researchers suggest scanning all finding aids


Mr. Myrt and I just left the National Archives Researchers Meeting at NARA II where we met with the new Executive for Research Services, Bill Mayer. What emerged was a request that all Preliminary Inventory, Descriptive Pamphlet and Finding Aids be scanned, and made available online in some sort of a wiki format so additional comments can be included by experienced researchers. Mr. Mayer appeared to react positively to our questions and comments in this regard. 

I suggest do the scanning. Though digitizing finding aids has been suggested in the past, no one has officially looked into this, and it would make accessing records so much easier for researchers and staff.

This is particularly important as experienced staffers retire, and there is the resulting shift from specialist to generalists among remaining staff and new hires.

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Myrt     :)
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1 comment:

  1. I, for one, would love to see this happen. It would be especially helpful for those finding aids in limited supply. I've been unable to get through inter-library loan the one finding aid I most need.

    Fingers crossed this comes to fruition