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Council of State Archivists

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) is a nonprofit membership organization of the state and territorial government archives in the fifty states, five territories, and District of Columbia.

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State Electronic Records Initiative

CoSA launched the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) in 2011 to focus on improving management, preservation, and access to state and territorial government electronic records in all 56 states and territories.  CoSA's SERI Steering Committee manages and oversees the work of the initiative, working with volunteers from state and territorial archives throughout the nation to collectively improve electronic records management and digital preservation for state and territorial governments.

Advocacy for Archives

CoSA advocates for advancing the needs of our members to stakeholders and the public by acting as a clearinghouse for information, participating in policy and funding discussions, developing advocacy and awareness messages, and working in partnership with counterparts in allied organizations. Prominent in this work is the CoSA Advocacy Committee.

Resources & Research

CoSA is seen as the source of reliable information about state archives and government records. CoSA regularly undertakes research on state archives issues ranging from electronic records management and digital preservation needs to advocacy. CoSA continues to expand its research and publication emphasis, and invites corporate sponsors to support report design and dissemination. CoSA uses the strength of collaboration and partnership to leverage resources, share expertise, and to solve problems.

Education & Training

CoSA’s education and training programs respond to member needs and focus on improving state archival programs, no matter their size or level of operation. Noteworthy among them is the flagship State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI). Smaller-scale education and networking occurs in annual meetings, monthly member and SERI webinars, listserv exchanges, the Awards Program, and the monthly newsletter.

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  • Chatting with SERI: Cloudy with a chance of records

    Mar 12, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
    This March, join us for "Chatting with SERI: Cloudy with a Chance of Records." In this discussion webinar we will focus on the topic of records in cloud storage. Has anyone encountered transferring records out of cloud storage solutions such as M365/SharePoint? Google Workspace? Other proprietary systems? What unique challenges do these environments pose for records management and retention? Sign up to participate in the conversation. Bring your experiences, your questions, and your brainstorms. This series is an opportunity to meet with other State and Territorial Archives staff to ask questions, share ideas, and find inspiration and commiseration on electronic records topics. It will not be recorded to encourage open and lively conversation, so please make sure to have your microphones or phone lines at the ready. #SERIWebinar #CoSAWebinar

  • Hiring for State Archives, Part 1

    Mar 28, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar

  • Chatting with CoSA

    Apr 10, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (ET)
    #CoSAWebinar

  • Hiring for State Archives, Part 2

    Apr 25, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar

  • Christmas Leak at the Colorado Archives

    May 23, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar

  • Chatting with CoSA

    Jun 12, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (ET)
    #CoSAWebinar

  • First Amendment Auditors

    Jul 25, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar

  • Chatting with CoSA

    Aug 14, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (ET)
    #CoSAWebinar

  • Chatting with CoSA

    Oct 9, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (ET)
    #CoSAWebinar

  • State Archives Spotlight

    Oct 24, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    More information coming soon! #CoSAWebinar

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