07 January 2011

New National Archives Website is now live!

Adapted from a NARA Press Release:

Washington, DC… The National Archives and Records Administration launched a redesigned Archives.gov web site on December 13, 2010, as part of its flagship Open Government Initiative.

"It's essential for the National Archives to have a user-friendly online presence,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, (the first Archivist to blog, tweet, and launch a Facebook page). “We hope to reach new audiences while still engaging our long-time users, researchers and visitors. This redesign – part of the National Archives flagship Open Government Initiative – reflects the ongoing effort to engage the public and make records of the National Archives easier to find and use."

The new Archives.gov web site features:

* A brand new home page voted by the public in July 2010;
* A new interactive “Our Locations” map of NARA’s facilities nationwide;
* Historical documents and streamlined access to military service records (81 percent of Archives.gov visitors are looking for this information);
* Single topically organized sections focused on the needs of both casual browsers and professional researchers; and
* Easy links to National Archives’ social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and both the Archivist's AOTUS blog and other National Archives blogs.

Visit http://www.archives.gov/open/redesign/ for the explanation and examples of the key changes.

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