Monthly Archives: May 2011

RACO and The Archivist Achievement Awards

I enjoyed speaking with federal records managers on Wednesday at the National Archives’ Records Administration Conference (RACO).  The records managers’ role in government is an essential part of our mission of preserving the records of the past and the present … Continue reading

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GLAMorous

According to Alexa.com, the internet traffic ranking company, there are only six websites that internet users worldwide visit more often than Wikipedia: Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Blogger.com, and Baidu.com (the leading Chinese language search engine).  In the States, it ranks … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing and Citizen Archivist Program

At the National Archives, we’re always trying to think of new ways to make our historical records more accessible to the public.  We have only a small fraction of our 10 billion records online, so it’s clear we’ve got to … Continue reading

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NARA and the IRS

Charles O. Rossotti was the Internal Revenue Commissioner from 1997 to 2002.  In his book, Many Unhappy Returns, he tells the story of “one man’s quest to turn around the most unpopular organization in America.” I’m always interested in reports … Continue reading

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Commencement Season

In my 40 years on University campuses, I have participated in many commencement exercises and sat through too many commencement addresses!  The best ones are brief, inspiring, and leave you something to think about.  On Friday I heard such a … Continue reading

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Together, We Can Turn Lost into Found

Artwork, silver, books, religious objects, antiquities, archival documents, and carvings. These are just a few of the types of cultural property that were stolen, looted, seized, forcibly sold, or otherwise lost to the Nazis beginning in the 1930s and continuing … Continue reading

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More Hockey Wisdom

In a February blog post I cited Wayne Gretzky as a strategic thinker—skating to where he thought the puck would be. On Friday night, a young emerging forward on the San Jose Sharks squad, Benn Ferriero, delivered an equally great … Continue reading

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