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Updated April 25, 2015

May Day: Do One Thing 2015

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is proud to carry on Heritage Preservation's MayDay initiative encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1, 2015, to examine and increase their preparedness for emergencies.

Visit FAIC's MayDay page to view project ideas and the MayDay logo.

It's Story time at the NHPRC!

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the SHRABs, NHPRC is collecting stories of SHRAB successes over the decades. These stories will be shared with as broad an audience as possible during 2015 and beyond.

Download the form and send NHPRC your SHRAB success stories: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/pdfs/cosa40th.pdf

It's CoSA Awards Nomination Time!

The Council of State Archivists Awards Program acknowledges institutions, individuals, and programs that have enriched and strengthened our nation's state and territorial archives. It rewards innovative efforts and provides encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects. By recognizing exemplary achievements, the Council of State Archivists hopes to inspire others to make similar contributions. The awards are presented at the CoSA annual meeting.


In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs), the Council of State Archivists and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission are pleased to inaugurate a new Award of Merit to recognize outstanding SHRAB projects and programs that have taken place in the previous calendar year (2014).

May 1st is the deadline for submitting your award nominees for 2015.

More information and a complete list of awards is available on the CoSA Awards Program page in the CoSA resource Center.

CoSA to Offer AIIM and SAA Webinars to Members at NO Cost

Since October 1, 2013 the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from IMLS to CoSA has funded several important continuing educational opportunities for you and your staff. Grant funds have provided for SERI educational webinars, scholarships to existing electronic records management and preservation training, as well as the introductory and advanced electronic records institute.

As our members seek to expand their capacity to manage state electronic records, the SERI project recognized the critical role continuing education opportunities play in training staff for these responsibilities. Before the grant wraps up on September 30, 2015 we anticipate using the remainder of the funds to support this training in a few expanded ways. All states and territories have the opportunity to access online training from the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Deadline for webinar registration is September 15, 2015.

Please watch your email for follow up information regarding additional continuing education opportunities through the IMLS grant. If you have questions about the AIIM or SAA courses, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Shields or Sarah Koonts.

A list of available webinars and registration instructions are available on the AIIM and SAA Webinars for CoSA Members page in the CoSA Resource Center.

New Listserv to Debut

The CoSA Program Committee is pleased to announce the availability of the State Archives Network, CoSA's newest listserv! It is an unmoderated, public listserv available to any state and territorial archives staff, SHRAB members, and external stakeholders for the purposes of sharing general information and announcements, and building awareness about the work of state archives.

Subscribe to the State Archives Network Listserv. After clicking the link, you'll find a "Subscribe or Unsubscribe" link on the right side of the page. This link will allow you to create a login to subscribe to the listserv.

More information about all CoSA listservs can be found on the Get Involved page in the CoSA Resource Center.

CoSA Website to Undergo Consolidation with Resource Center

Those of you familiar with the CoSA website and its attendant Resource Center know that the two are integrated very well. In fact, they look totally different! That's all about to change and we couldn't be more excited. Over the next several months, the CoSA website and Resource Center will be integrated under one design umbrella and supported by one content management system.

Additionally, more resources will be added to the PERTTS electronic records portal.

A team is currently working with Informatics, Inc., Iowa-based designers of the Portal, to develop and deliver this project.


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