Dear colleagues — I’m sharing the following message on behalf of the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission) at NARA, which is undertaking a strategic planning process and would welcome feedback from the DLF community.  Please contact Kathleen Williams directly at [log in to unmask], or in one of the ways listed below.

Bethany Nowviskie

Begin forwarded message:

For the past 50 years the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has been awarding grants from the National Archives to projects that preserve and publish historical records. As we look to the future, we have begun the process of creating a new Strategic Plan, and we would like your help in setting a new course. We're hoping to craft our programming to meet the current needs of the field and to best serve the American people.

After internal discussions at the National Archives and with the members of the Commission, we have drafted a preliminary set of goals, as follows:  to make access happen, to involve more citizens more directly in the work of archives, to provide leadership through the National Archives, and to change our processes to increase our reach and leverage. 

We are contacting several organizations for their ideas and input. I ask you to share my email and the links below with appropriate DLF members and consider sending us your feedback. 

You can read this draft framework for the NHPRC Strategic Plan as well as view a short presentation on the NHPRC and the draft goals we've put together at the following you tube presentation:

We welcome input from your organization and those you represent. There are several ways to share your thoughts:
ALL comments will be considered by the staff and the 15-member Commission. Our goal is to revise the current draft in September, so we will need your comments by September 15, 2015. 

Thanks in advance for assisting the Commission in this important undertaking. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kathleen Williams, Executive Director
Natl Historical Pubs and Records Commission (NHPRC)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 114
Washington, DC 20408
202-357-5263 (office); 240-338-2985 (cell)

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