CoSA Receives 2018 SAA Distinguished Service Award

Aug 22, 2018

2018 SAA Distinguished Service Award Citation
Council of State Archivists
 
This award was presented to CoSA President Tim Baker and Executive Director Barbara Teague at the CoSA-NAGARA-SAA Annual Meeting this summer in Washington, DC.
 
The citation follows:
 
Competent leadership is essential to the success of all businesses, institutions and government agencies, and shapes the way these organizations operate and affect change across society over time.  This leadership is both visionary and practical, and builds on the creation of transparent collaborative relationships that foster mutual trust. These types of leaders carefully listen to their users’ needs, take the time to earn their users’ respect, and can be persuasive and gracious when points of view vary.  
 
The Council of State Archivists is one of these leaders. Its archival leadership, training, publication, and advocacy work between 2005 and today, combined with its earlier accomplishments as the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators between 1989 and 2005, continually reflects its deep commitment to the long-term preservation of and access to the documentary records of America’s fifty-six state and territorial governments.  These indispensable functions ensure not only the accountability of these state and territorial governments over time but also protect the rights of private citizens by providing fair and equitable access to the records of their state and territorial governmments.  In recent years CoSA’s work has significantly contributed to the development of new archival theory and practice related to the management and preservation of digital records, the establishment of practical emergency preparedness protocols for government records, and the training of non-archivists.  Among its many initiatives CoSA’s “The Digital Best Practices Series” founded in 2017, “State Electronic Records Initiative” started in 2012, “Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records Project” begun in 2007, and “Preserving the American Historical Record Act” initiatied in 2005 stand out for their innovativeness and shaping of new archives management and preservation practices across the profession. 
 
For CoSA’s tireless visionary leadership, sensitive listening to the archives profession’s needs, and the development of practical new initiatives to address those preservation and access demands over time, the Society of American Archivists proudly recognizes the Council of State Archivists’ with the Distinguished Service Award for providing exceptional and lasting service to the archives profession.
 


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