Civic Media Lunch: Providing Innovative Access to the Content in National Archives Records

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, 3rd floor

RSVPs now closed.

Our speakers will provide a brief introduction to the kinds of records that the National Archives maintains, a discussion of some of the new ways that we are seeking to make the content in those records available and more useable, and how we are looking beyond traditional researchers in the process.

Pamela Wright is the Chief Innovation Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She oversees the Agency's Open Government, web, social media, online public access catalog, digitization, and lifecycle data standards and authorities programs. She is NARA's representative to the White House Open Government working group and leads the agency's National Digital Strategy efforts. She worked as a professional researcher for a historical consulting firm prior to coming to NARA in 2001.

Bill Meyer is the Executive for Research Services at NARA. He directs a program that acquires, preserves, and makes historical records accessible at fifteen facility locations across the country and on the archives.gov website. One of his top priorities is building a systematic, ongoing program to identify and meet researcher customer needs through on-site and online services. Bill has over 20 years of experience working in dynamic research environments, most recently having served as the University Librarian at American University in Washington, DC.

Michael Moore is the Access Coordinator for Research Services East at NARA. He manages archival field operations that includes storage and access for approximately 400,000 cubic feet of archival records at four east coast locations: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Michael has been a professional archivist for more than 20 years. He has also taught political science and served as an academic librarian.