New Web Content for Federal Agency Users of ERA

An update from Michael Carlson, ERA Adoption Coordinator

NARA has posted a new home page with content on what federal agency users need to do to get started using NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA).

The 30 Departments and Agencies that constitute the Chief Information Officers’ Council will start using ERA during their assigned months starting in March 2011 and ending in November 2011.  You may view the schedule here.  The rest of the government signed up for start months that ranged from July 2011 until September 2012.  If you are a records officer and have not yet signed up for a start month, just contact

From the new home page you can Log On to ERA or transfer electronic records if you are trained, have user accounts, and are ready to go!

Otherwise, the page contains a link to ERA Training.  Getting Started With ERA gives you a four-step sign up process for your staff.  A “quick link” to the User Account Request form gets your staff quickly signed up for ERA.

Check out the ERA FAQs.  A user guide for scheduling records is available to help you get started created records schedules.

The links above should give you essential information about getting started with ERA.  We will be adding content regularly over the coming weeks.  We have also been working quite intensively with our help desk staff.  Between the help desk and your appraisal and accessioning archivists and me, of course, you should be well supported.

While you’re exploring, check out the newly redesigned page for the ERA project, including links to the Online Public Access search interface and information about the system itself.

Thanks so much for your support and commitment to ERA!