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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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  • Christmas Leak at the Colorado Archives

    May 23, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    Colorado State Archives will discuss our experience with surviving our worst nightmare - a massive leak on Christmas Eve affecting over 4,000 cubic feet of archival records. Discussion points will include ongoing challenges of an insufficient storage facility that finally failed, navigating bureaucratic red tape, extreme weather conditions, and adapting to evolving circumstances under chaos on the biggest holiday weekend of the year. Also covered will be how to distribute staff according to their strengths and weaknesses, and why maintaining a sense of humor is vitally important. In short - what to do when your Home Depot bucket ain't worth a damn. This session will provide real life examples on how to improve efficiencies in workflows during disasters and how to translate academic theory into a real-life scenario." #CoSAWebinar

  • Chatting with CoSA

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

  • Shop Talk with Ancestry: Unlocking the Power of Storytelling in Historical Records

    Jun 13, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    Miranda Whitlock-Milligan, Senior Program Manager of Content Strategy at Ancestry, will discuss how Ancestry unlocks the power of storytelling within their more than 60 billion historical records. This presentation will provide an overview of Ancestry’s research process for uncovering and reclaiming stories and how technology is used to scale story creation to Ancestry’s millions of subscribers. #CoSAWebinar

  • Hiring for State Archives: Internships

    Jun 27, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
    Join us for a panel discussion of the pros and cons of Internships, both paid and unpaid, in State Archives. We will have representatives from several states sharing their experiences, from how they got their programs started to what they see going forward. #CoSAWebinar

  • Shop Talk with Conserv

    Jul 11, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)

  • CoSA Advocacy Efforts

    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)

  • Shop Talk with APPX

    Aug 15, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)

  • First Amendment Auditors

    Aug 22, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)

  • Shop Talk with Preservica

    Sep 12, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)

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