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a session on advocacy and Archives Week at its July 2003
annual meeting that was held in conjunction with the National
Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators.
session, attendees participated in a lively discussion about their own
Archives Week activities and exchanged ideas about new approaches to raising
public awareness about the importance of historical records. They examined
the roles that State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs) can play
in this effort, described the outreach techniques that had been most effective
in their own states, and suggested ways that CoSA and other archival associations
could work together toward making Archives Week a nationwide observance.
of this discussion is available for download as either a Microsoft
Word or Adobe PDF document.
for the session, we compiled the following list of background readings
and other resources that should be helpful in understanding the history
of Archives Week and parallel activities in other countries and professions.
W. Bain. "Coming of Age: Archives Week Turns Fifteen."
History News 58:3 (Summer 2003): 11-14.
W. Bain. "Archives Week and the
Power of Intersecting Ripples." Archival Issues
23:1 (1998): 5-16. Reprinted with permission from the author and the
Midwest Archives Conference.
J. Hackman. "State Government and Statewide Archival
Affairs: New York as a Case Study." American Archivist
55 (Fall 1992): 578-599. (There is a description starting on p. 593
of the first Archives Weeks in New York as well as ideas about the
kind of leadership that a state archives can provide in the area of
public awareness and advocacy.)
J. Hackman. "Archives Week
in the United States?" SAA
Newsletter (March 1991): 14-15, 20. Reprinted with permission
from the Society of American Archivists.
in other countries:
Library Week. Archivists might consider emulating this
effort which is led by the American Library Association (ALA) and
celebrated in a wide variety of ways. ALA provides excellent resources
on its website including graphics; sample proclamations, public
service announcements, and letters to the editor; programming ideas;
and written materials designed to help local initiatives promote libraries
Hear This: The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications."
This is an excellent overview of strategic communications for nonprofits
published by Fenton Communications and available as a PDF at http://www.fenton.com/resources/now-hear-this/.
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