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Paul Wester

My career at the National Archives began on June 30, 1990, while I attended the University of Maryland in pursuit of my dual Masters Degree in American History and Library Science. I started as a cooperative education student employee at the Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD. Over the years I have worked for the National Archives in a number of capacities in several locations and have found every day exciting.

I currently serve as the Director of Modern Records Programs. The archival and records management challenges we face are immense, both in their scale and complexity.

My work helps ensure the staff are aligned with the National Archives' larger strategic goals and mission, and that they have the resources and support to do their jobs. I also ensure our customers know about and understand our strategic directions by communicating with our various customer groups:

  • Federal agencies
  • professional groups (national and international)
  • public interest groups
  • American public

I travel occasionally and make speeches about electronic records issues and NARA's Strategic Direction for Federal Records Management. I've had the honor to speak to historians and archivists in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and records managers in Barcelona, Spain about our records management work at the National Archives.

Every day it energizes me to work with some of the most talented and highly-motivated archivists, records analysts, and technical experts in the world on the most intractable problems facing our profession.

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Paul Says...

I have worked for the National Archives in a number of capacities in several locations and have found every day exciting.

  • Director, Modern Records Program.
  • Joined the National Archives in 1990.
  • Works at the National Archives in College Park, MD.
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