While the official guardian of public records in the First State is one of the nation’s oldest public repositories, it isn’t resting on its legacy as a venerable institution that started at the top of the last century. The Delaware Archives, with a well-earned reputation for providing outstanding service to researchers, is now merging history with the latest web 2.0 products to bolster outreach and engage patrons.
An old-hand at using digital age tools to make online collections available, here are three new 21st century products they’ve added. On its “Delaware Public Archives Blog,” staff posts timely history articles, alerts readers to collection resources, shares photos, update events and much more. Streaming over on YouTube on the Inside the Archives channel, Public Outreach Coordinator Tom Summers, expertly hosts a series of videos highlighting materials in the collection and offering research tips. Then there’s the podcast of this Day in Delaware History, a daily reading of facts from the past. Finally the popular social networking site, Facebook, is the often updated place for current events, the latest additions to the collection, and links to the strong digital archives.
The Delaware Archives, the keeper of public history in the First State is an outstanding institution with a knowledgeable and helpful staff that provides superior service. The work of these professionals makes this repository a standout amongst its peers, and it always a delight to do research there. Now YouTube, Facebook and the Blog are helping strengthen already strong services to established users, while also reaching a generation of people who are growing up in this digital age when Google is our new mass media.