, 10th Archivist of the United States (National Archives & Records Administration
), provided an inspiring talk in today's keynote session when he described all the ways NARA is involved in the social media world
. Ferriero sees the US National Archives as leading the way in digital records and social media. He sees social media records as federal records, within certain guidelines
Delegates were amazed when he revealed that over 900 NARA staff are involved in creating and sharing content from the Archives for social media.
Another fascinating concept was the idea of a 'citizen archivist', fully embraced by NARA with their Citizen Archivist dashboard
. Imagine - a world where the citizen is the archivist. It raises the question - are archives really 'gatekeepers' of history and truth? Or is it time to embrace allowing others to add their knowledge to archives? The US example provides some food for thought.