Monday, December 14, 2009

Archives in the News

Two items of note, hat-tip to the Posterity Project:

-At its first meeting chaired by new Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recommended $2.9 million in grants for digitizing historical records, electronic records preservation, and historical documentary editions. Go here to read the press release.

-On Wednesday, December 16, 2009, the Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee of the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (that's a mouthful, hmm?) will hold a hearing entitled: "History Museum or Records Access Agency? Defining and Fulfilling the Mission of the National Archives and Records Administration." The hearing will be webcast on the committee's website.

(I enjoy the title of that hearing, as it seems to encompass one of the central tensions of our profession. I'll be curious to see how a senate subcommittee addresses that tension...)

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