Victoria Irons Walch Leadership Awards: Ashley Selima (RI) and Allen Ramsey (CT)
CoSA-Ancestry Leadership Award: Grant Robertson and Bryan Collars (SC)
With the generous support of Ancestry™, the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) awards mid-career employees in state and territorial archives with funding to defray professional development of knowledge and skills and to enhance leadership versatility, particularly in the areas of collaboration, interdisciplinary project management, and strategic thinking.
Grant Robertson, Electronic Records Archivist, and Bryan Collars, Archivist/Supervisor of Information Technology Services, at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History are crucial to the agency's effort to keep pace in the constantly changing world of digital records. Bryan has been the leader of the department's digital effort almost since its inception and is responsible for many of the agency's successful efforts to preserve and provide access to digital records. He first led the effort to digitize records for easier access, helped develop the Online Records Index to provide access to those digitized images, and then led the program to develop a digital repository for born-digital records.
Since joining the agency, Grant has been the team leader in the transition from Preservica Enterprise to the Preservica Cloud. His knowledge from working in the private sector has been instrumental in helping the agency better understand and streamline digital processes and expand ability to use new software to provide a better product for current patrons and future generations.
Funding from this award will enable Grant and Bryan to attend the 2023 Best Practices Exchange Unconference, where they will share and collect information on new practices in the field of digital archiving.
The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) Awards Program acknowledges individuals, institutions, and programs that enrich and strengthen our nation's state and territorial archives. The Awards Program rewards innovative efforts and provides encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects. By recognizing exemplary achievements, CoSA hopes to inspire others to make similar contributions to the field of government archives. The awards will be presented at the CoSA annual meeting in Washington, DC this July. The program is made possible with generous support from FamilySearch.