Learn about the Advocacy Committee
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released the following regarding the House of Representatives budget proposal eliminating IMLS funding (among other budget cuts such as eliminating the NEH):
To see the full impact IMLS funding has on communities around the country, see their annual report:
Contact your representatives today to let them know how such cuts would imapct your archives and the community you serve:
Statement regarding public officials using private email to conduct official business
The Board of Directors and the Advocacy Committee of the Archivists Round
Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., expresses concern at recent news
reports that public officials at different levels of government have used
private email accounts to routinely communicate and conduct official
Use of non-official systems to send and receive email, except in extreme
circumstances (i.e. emergency situations where government systems are not
available) increases the likelihood that messages which meet the legal
definition of a public record are not captured or managed in accordance
with existing laws and regulations. Public records, whether email
messages or paper documents, not captured in official records management
systems diminish the historical record, decrease government efficiency and
effectiveness, and impede the public¹s ability to hold government
The Board of Directors and the Advocacy Committee urge governments to
adopt records regulations that prohibit the use of non-official email
systems except in extreme, emergency situations. Furthermore, the Board
of Directors and the Committee urge that stricter rules regarding the use
of official email accounts for official business be implemented and
enforced to ensure preservation of the historic record and to foster
greater transparency and accountability at all levels of government.
The statement can be downloaded at the following link [PDF]:
Change.org petition on the state of funding for the Iowa State Archives and Historical Society:
Budget cuts and reorganization plans for the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) endanger the preservation of Iowa history contained in diaries, letters, photographs, maps, oral histories and other materials housed at the Society's two libraries in Des Moines and Iowa City.
Drastic reductions in operating hours and staff, the diversion of resources to unrelated activities, and recommendations to "streamline" the SHSI libraries threaten public access to the state's history. Iowans risk being severed from their past.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -- Benjamin Franklin
Ideas for MayDay Activities
For more on these ideas:
Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt writes on the challenges and difficulties encountered when trying to access public records under Freedom of Information laws and includes some very illuminating examples.
AP CEO: Government undermining 'right to know' laws
March 15-21, 2015
Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need to get started right here.
It's Sunshine Week's 10th anniversary, and we've made a lot of gains in open government thanks to your work.
For more info see: http://www.sunshineweek.org/
For more info see: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld
Make your voice heard: the FOIA Advisory Committee seeks public comments
As the FOIA Advisory Committee works hard to examine some challenging areas of FOIA law and policy, it needs your help. Input from the public will help the subcommittees better understand the issues that FOIA requesters and agencies face.
Please visit the FOIA Advisory Committee’s webpage, including the Public Comments page, for information about the Committee and how you can get involved.
For more on the issues the Committee is examining, see: http://blogs.archives.gov/foiablog/2015/02/11/make-your-voice-heard-the-foia-advisory-committee-seeks-public-comments/
First posted on the A.R.T. Listserv on February 12, 2015.
MCNY and QM share results of CLIR-funded World's Fair Project
In a collaboration with the Queens Museum, the Museum of the City of New York has completed an 18-month project to make our collections from both the 1939/40 and 1964/65 New York World’s Fairs more accessible as a result of a generous Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This project allowed the two museums to process and describe their relatively unknown and inaccessible World’s Fair collections, intellectually uniting all materials into a single finding aid for each fair, and providing item level cataloging for selected highlights from both collections.
The Museum and the City of New York (MCNY) and the Queens Museum (QM), in conjunction with the Queens Library, are now pleased to share finding aids for both the 1939-1940 and 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, along with item level catalog records for 1650 highlights from these collections via The Archives at Queens Library: Digital Collections.
Click here to view joint finding aids and catalog records for MCNY and QM collections:
Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair finding aid
Collection on the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair finding aid
Catalog records for 1650 item level highlights from both fairs (Click “Search” button to display records)
Local finding aids for just those materials held at MCNY can be found here:
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the CLIR program. Both museums are also grateful for the partnership with the Queens Library, whose staff worked diligently to help us make these resources available via this new Digital Archives site.