BACKER: Building Archival Capacity for Keeping Electronic Records

BACKER: Building Archival Capacity for Keeping Electronic Records

We are pleased to announce that CoSA is the recipient of an IMLS National Leadership Grant in the amount of $475,000 over three years to develop and deliver new and expanded technical assistance, educational programming, and training to state and territorial government archives to strengthen their digital records preservation and accessibility capacities. The project includes 1) updating self-assessment tools and best practices for digital preservation programs; 2) direct assistance and mentoring to improve digital preservation programs, including digitization planning and related policy development; and 3) accelerating development and implementation of digital preservation planning and cultural competence awareness and skill-building educational and training programs in a variety of formats in order to facilitate continued learning and sharing among archives staff. The work of the grant is named BACKER: Building Archival Capacity for Keeping Electronic Records.

Cultural Competency Workshop

Cultural Competency is not reflected by the diversity of your staff and patrons or the amount of outreach to underserved communities. It is reflected in your and your staffʻs ability to function with awareness, knowledge, and interpersonal skill when engaging people of different backgrounds, assumptions, beliefs, values, and behaviors. This workshop provides the opportunity to examine personal perceptions and strategies that will increase your ability to practice inclusion through a culturally competent lens.

This workshop provides the four skills to employ Cultural Competency and the five stages individuals and organizations can implement to improve relations with internal and external communities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Define Cultural Competency and how its integration at three levels is required to be successful
  • Examine critically your interaction with people of different cultures, not limited to ethnicity
  • Identify the five stages and where you and your organization are on the continuum of Cultural Competency
  • Practice four important skills to employ Cultural Competency
  • Identify the multi-level model for implementing Cultural Competency
  • Design methods to improve relations with internal and external communities
  • Combine cultural-mindedness with culturally centered communication skills for effective relationships with all people forming the basis for culturally competent organizations, communities and societies

**The workshop is split into two parts and is offered twice, once in May and once in June. Both workshop offerings include the same content and instruction and are limited to 40 attendees each.

Cultural Competency Workshop Offerings


BACKER Resources

  • Relevant, Respectful, and Responsive: Government Archives in the 21st Century – An Overview of Cultural Competency in State and Territorial Archives in 2022 is a new report from the Council of State Archivists ...

  • Putting the Digital Preservation Capacity Self-Assessment Results to Work for You by Veronica Martzahl In the lead up to the 2022 Digital Preservation Capacity Self-Assessment survey launch, ...

  • By Lori Ashley CoSA’s Digital Preservation Capability Self-Assessment survey is a high-level framework of requirements from ISO 14721 and ISO 16363. This is the fifth and final blog in the BACKER series ...

  • By Helen Wong Smith, MLIS, CA, FSAA Archivist for University Records, University of Hawai’i and Cultural Competency Consultant on CoSA’s Building Archival Capacity for Keeping Electronic Records (BACKER) ...

  • By Lori Ashley CoSA’s Digital Preservation Capability Self-Assessment survey is a high-level framework of requirements from ISO 14721 and ISO 16363. This is the fourth in a series ...

  • By Lori Ashley CoSA’s Digital Preservation Capability Self-Assessment survey is a high-level framework of requirements from ISO 14721 and ISO 16363. This is the third in a series of five (5) ...

  • By Lori Ashley CoSA’s Digital Preservation Capability Self-Assessment survey is a high-level framework of requirements from ISO 14721 and ISO 16363. This is the second in a series of five (5) blog ...

  • by Veronica Martzahl and Lori Ashley CoSA’s Digital Preservation Capability Self-Assessment survey is a high-level framework of requirements from ISO 14721 and ISO 16363, two standards embraced by ...

  • CoSA is grateful for our friends at the Government Publishing Office (GPO) sharing with us their work on standards and accreditation in this two part interview. Part one of the interview is available here: ...

  • CoSA is grateful for our friends at the Government Publishing Office (GPO) sharing with us their work on standards and accreditation in this two part interview. The Government Publishing Office (GPO) ...

  • by Veronica Martzahl and Lori Ashley BACKER Blog: International Digital Preservation Standards ISO 14721:2012 The Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) was originally ...

  • by Veronica Martzahl and Lori Ashley Archival Repositories Come in Many Shapes and Sizes Archives manage different types of collections in a variety of repositories. The word “repository” is ...

  • by VeronicaMartzahl Since 2011, the Council of State Archivists has made a targeted effort to assess and support state and territorial electronic records management and preservation programs through ...

  • CoSA Received IMLS National Leadership Grant We are pleased to announce that CoSA is the recipient of an IMLS National Leadership Grant in the amount of $475,000 over three years to develop and deliver ...

**Admin Note**

For entries to appear in Cultural Competency Workshops feed they must be tagged: CULTURALCOMPETENCYWORKSHOP

Manage Events