Saturday, January 19, 2013

Researcher Forum at National Archives at San Francisco, January 28, 2013

This sounds like such a great opportunity, but I can't go!  (Let's see, at 4:00 p.m. I should be arriving at the West Oakland BART station as I operate the train on my return trip to Dublin.  I think someone would notice if I weren't there.)  I would love to hear from anyone who does attend on how it goes.

The National Archives at San Francisco (which is really in San Bruno) will hold a public researcher forum with National Archives Research Services Executive Bill Mayer on Monday, January 28, from 4:00-5:30 p.m.  Mayer hopes to meet researchers and constituents of our local National Archives branch and to gather feedback.  He oversees fifteen facilities of the National Archives nationwide, but this is his first visit to the facility in San Bruno.  This is an opportunity to meet our representative on the National Archives management team and to share customer experiences (positive, negative, and to-be-improved-upon).  Read more about Mayer at

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National Archives at San Francisco
Researcher Forum with Bill Mayer
Monday, January 28, 2013
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Leo J. Ryan Memorial Federal Building
1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066
(within walking distance of the San Bruno BART station)

Researcher forums are designed to gather feedback from researchers who visit National Archives facilities on a regular basis.  Mayer will answer questions and discuss issues related to the National Archives as a whole as well as the San Francisco archive specifically.

While the forum is open to the public, the National Archives staff need to know if you plan to attend this free event.  Please RSVP by e-mailing if you're going and type "Researcher Forum" in the subject line of the message.

Photo identification is required to enter the building.


  1. Perhaps it will be filmed, either for a live broadcast on someone's website or for posting later on YouTube. It never hurts to ask.

  2. Good idea! Thank you for the suggestion!

  3. I asked, and so far there are no plans to record the forum, but maybe someone will take notes that will be posted online. The other thing I was told is that if anyone has feedback or questions and can't be there, please e-mail the archives at "so that we can present them to Bill Mayer or hear it for ourselves. We welcome feedback at all times, of course, but it would be particularly appreciated now." So I guess I'll be sending my questions in!

  4. I found someone who wrote a short report about what was talked about at the forum:

    Sounds as though they covered a lot of relevant issues. I like the idea of documents being microfilmed in color.


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