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Meet the new Archivist of the United States

Sharing a sense of history
Ferriero is first librarian in charge at National Archives. "It's an awesome responsibility," he said in the echoing rotunda of the building. "It's a stewardship kind of responsibility -- a long-term commitment by the U.S. government to ensure that these documents are available in perpetuity and available to the American public. "

MN Library is pressed to take gang force report off Web

Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The legislative library rebuffed demands by police lawyers who argued that the public document should be removed because it names undercover officers.

"It was pretty amazing," said Library Director Robbie LaFleur. "I have been here 20 years, and no one really has questioned these publicly available reports before."

Waiting for Info

In 1989, The National Security Archive requested documents from the CIA regarding the Iran-Contra affair. This year, the CIA released them. President Barack Obama promised a new era of transparency and adherence to the Freedom of Information Act, but has he followed through? Yvette Chin, FOIA coordinator for the NSA, tells the story behind the long, long wait for information.

FDsys Tutorials

GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) is an advanced digital system that will enable GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. FDsys is available as a public beta during migration of information from GPO Access. The migration of information from GPO Access into FDsys will be complete in 2009, until this time GPO Access will contain all content. GPO has made available brief FDsys video tutorials, including an FDsys overview, simple search, advanced and citation search, and browsing. Click here to access the tutorials.

Digital Biz European Union launches digital library

CNN:The European Union has launched a digital library that offers documents dating to nearly 60 years ago, in 23 languages.

All documents ever edited on behalf of European Union institutions, agencies and other bodies will be available in the library, the organization said in a news release.

"The digital library frees the memory of the European Union tied to paper since its beginning," said Leonard Orban, the union's commissioner for multilingualism.

The electronic library is free to individuals, companies and libraries worldwide, which can download documents as PDF (Portable Document Format) files, Orban said. About 12 million pages -- roughly 110,000 EU publications -- are available for download, according to officials.

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Filing documents on time

I rarely, if ever, get to write about government documents. This is one of those times.

Details wanted on NARA's electronic records system

NARA, the National Archives and Records Administration, is hard at work developing a spending plan for its next generation Electronic Records Archive. But the General Accountability Office said the plan, estimated to cost more than $550 million, doesn't have enough detail, or a working backup system.

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Hoover’s role in creation of NARA

Tim Walch, director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, delivered the following remarks June 17 to Hoover Park staff at a picnic to mark the 75th anniversary of the creation of the National Archives and Records Administration.

First ombudsman for FOIA named at National Archives

The National Archives has named the first Freedom of Information Act ombudsman, with ability to mediate disputes over requests for information.

Miriam Nisbet heads the information society division of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris. She will direct the Archives' new Office of Government Information Services, acting Archivist Adrienne Thomas announced on Wednesday.

Immigrants' files soon available

Millions of files containing detailed information about U.S. immigrants — including their spouses' names, as well as personal photographs and letters — will soon become available to the public through a federal facility in suburban Kansas City.

Historians and others say the records, called Alien Registration files, or A-files, provide insight on immigrants who arrived in the U.S. after 1944. Long considered temporary files by U.S. immigration officials, the documents could have been destroyed after 75 years.

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