Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NARA (USA) Proposed Rule on Researcher Identification Cards

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) [USA) proposed a rule on September 25, 2009 in the Federal Register regarding Researcher Identification Cards. It will require researchers using original records, NARA microfilm, and public use computers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, to obtain a researcher identification card. Researchers at regional archives are also required to obtain a researcher identification card when there is no separate research room for the use of microfilm and public access computers. This is to enhance security in the NARA buildings.

Other changes include removal of the three hour limit when others are waiting for microfilm readers due to reduced use of microfilms. Another change is a researcher identification card can be linked to a personal account established through the National Archives Trust Fund Cashier's Office and function as a debit card in Washington, DC, area research rooms. Other changes are nonsubstantitive.

Submitted comments must be received by November 24, 2009. There are several ways to submit comments:http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Fax comments to: 301-837-0319Mail them to: Regulations Comments Desk (NPOL),Room 4100, Policy and Planning Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001.

To read the proposed rule see: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23225.htm

Jan Meisels Allen
Director, IAJGS and
Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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