From the NARA “Records Express” Blog:
We are pleased to announce a new edition of NARA’s Essential Records Guide (August 2018), formerly known as the Vital Records Guide. The original Vital Records Guide was written in 1996 and had not been revised in the intervening 22 years. Obviously much has changed since the original publication, such as terminology. One clear example, “vital” is giving way to “essential” as the preferred term.
Other changes include:
- more information on modern formats such as electronic records;
- lessons learned from recent disasters;
- providing optional tools for use by agencies in managing their essential records;
- replacing obsolete information;
- downsizing the publication from 90 pages to 60 pages;
- use of photos and illustrations; and
- extensive use of links to citations, standards, useful websites, etc.Perhaps the biggest change is this version of the Essential Records Guide now incorporates extensive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance on related content. The Guide serves as a comprehensive resource for Federal government essential records. If the content is not specifically incorporated into the publication, a link is provided to the applicable guidance.
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