Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Okay, Now I'm Angry

"Effective Friday, March 15, 2013, the National Archives will reduce public hours at two locations in the Washington, DC, area as part of actions it is taking due to sequestration. These reductions will affect exhibit spaces and research rooms at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and research rooms at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. . . .

"Research rooms at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, are normally open to researchers six days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. three days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). We will no longer offer these extended hours."

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Hat tip: David Schnitzer

2 comments:

Karen Tani said...

booooo!

Herschel Nachlis said...

Agreed!

But, for what it's worth, staff at Archives II have been saying that only 2% of research visits happen during extended hours.

I'm not sure how this is calculated, and anecdotally it looks like a bit more than 2% of researchers are here after hours, with a fair number of folks sticking around from 5pm-7pm, though, for the last month at least, there haven't been many researchers around from 7pm-9pm.

In a bit of related good news, signs went up this morning at Archives II announcing that a late (3:30) pull has been added to Monday and Tuesday, so there's now a late pull every day of the week (except Saturday, when there are still no pulls, but normal hours).

No one is really sure how permanent these changes are.

It sounds like these sorts of changes are discussed every few years?