Gettin’ Giphy With It: NARA Shares Online Library of Animated Gifs
Hi there, DigitalGov!
Have you looked in vain for quality animated GIFs from a reputable source?
Have your searches left you annoyed and frustrated because you can’t find a GIF with properly attributed and sourced content?
Wondering what you can do and where to look?
Come on over to the new Giphy channel from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)!
We’ve opened our vault to reveal dozens of animated GIFs ready to share and use. All of our GIFs link back to the original National Archives catalog records, so you know you’re getting the real deal.
So whether you just want to pop in and say hi
or are looking to explore our growing collection of GIFs
we’re excited to share them with you!
So run, don’t walk, to the National Archives channel on Giphy!
Come find animated history of all flavors including major historic events, celebrities, National Parks, newsreels, animated patents, dancing sailors, and more from the holdings of the U.S. National Archives. You can use our holdings to create or share animated GIFs to communicate a reaction, offer a visual explanation, or even create your own works of art!
You can even access our GIFs directly from Twitter! Just tap or click the GIF button
If you want to join the fun, take a look at NARA’s Terms of Service Agreement with Giphy (PDF, 297 KB, 1 page). They’re interested in working with agencies one-on-one, so if your office can’t wait to get started, email Partnerships at giphy.com and cc: Lusan Green to get your paperwork in order. For more information on our Agency-specific TOS, please contact NARA’s Social Media team via email.
And don’t forget to check us out regularly; there are more GIFs to come!
If creating animated GIFs are up your creative alley, check out the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) annual GIF IT UP challenge! Submissions will be accepted starting October 1.
Want to learn more about making GIFs? Join us for a GIF-making workshop, hosted by Darren Cole of the National Archives’ Today’s Document, and Richard Naples of the Smithsonian Libraries. Sponsored by the Digital Public Library of America, the workshop is Wednesday, September 28 at 3pm.