CoSA Webinar Series

2019 CoSA Member Webinar Series

Planning for emergency preparedness and response is critical for archives and records centers.  CoSA will explore specific training, funding, and related issues in this series of member webinars.

Member webinars typically occur on the 4th Thursday of the month at 3 pm Eastern.

For a listing of electronic records webinars, please visit the SERI Webinars page.

For a listing of additional webinars (including CoSA-NARA webinars and Shop Talk webinars), please visit the Additional Webinars page

Download the 2019 CoSA and SERI webinar schedule.

Miss a webinar?  Scroll down to access the recordings of previous webinars.


Emergency Preparedness - Case Studies

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

 Join Karen Gray, State Archivist of Alaska, and Susan Lugo, former Heritage Emergency National Task Force Liaison in the US Virgin Island and former USVI Territorial Archivist, for a discussion on disaster response in their state and territory. Karen will talk about the earthquake in Alaska in December, 2018 and how her office participated in activating the state network and coordinated services. Susan will discuss the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, her work as FEMA HENTF Liaison and some of the challenges faced in the US Virgin Islands post Irma/Maria.


Emergency Preparedness - Alliance for Response / Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC)

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

Join Jessica Unger, Scott Merritt and Maria Holden for a discussion on the role of disaster networks in supporting the cultural heritage community before, during and after disasters. Jessica, Emergency Programs Coordinator at the Foundation for the Advancement of Conservation, will present the national perspective in organizing cooperative disaster networks and provide resources for those interested in forming their own networks. Scott and Maria will share their experience as leaders of Alliance for Response networks in New York City and the New York capital region respectively – both their successes and challenges. Scott is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Maria is the Preservation Officer for the New York State Education Department Office of Cultural Education.


Cooperative Disaster Networks: The Key to Disaster Planning Success  - Lyrasis / Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

At many archives, lone arrangers and institutions with small staff sizes can feel overwhelmed by the prospect of putting together an emergency response and preparedness plan, and often are not sure where to find appropriate resources to aid in their preparedness planning. In this webinar,  join Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital and Preservation Services at LYRASIS and Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA ) to explore the benefits of working together in cooperative disaster networks to assist in planning and preparedness efforts. Resources on how to join your local networks, or to start your own, as well as places to look for training opportunities and other preparedness and planning information, will be explored. Tom and Samantha will also share case study examples of successful cooperative networks, such as those located in Pennsylvania (the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network) and Northern Ohio (the Cleveland Area Alliance for Response).


CoSA Annual Meeting Review

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

Presenters: CoSA Board and Committee Members

In case you missed the Annual Meeting or simply want a refresher, this webinar will provide an overview of CoSA activities, from Work Session discussions to Awards presentations.

SHRAB Town Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

Recipients of CoSA-Ancestry Leadership Award and Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Award

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

The final member webinar of the year will feature CoSA-Ancestry Leadership Award and Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Award recipients discussing how the professional development opportunities funded by the award have advanced their leadership skills.

2019 Recordings

CoSA member webinars are recorded and made available below. If you missed a webinar or would like to view one again, select the "View Recording" for that webinar.

What's on Tap for CoSA in 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | View Recording

Presenters: CoSA Board and Committee Chairs

If it's January, it must be time for CoSA's first member webinar of the New Year! Continuing our schedule as in previous years, this webinar looks at what will be engaging CoSA and many of its members in the coming year. Find out how you can be part of the conversation and get involved at the committee and task force levels.

SHRAB Town Hall

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | View Recording

Join Christopher Eck, Executive Director, and Dan Stokes, Director of State Programs, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to hear about program updates and highlights. Chris and Dan will share information about NHPRC, highlight changes to the State Board Programming Grants announcement, and discuss the new Archives Collaboratives: Planning Grants program.  We will also hear from a State Board that is currently working collaboratively, providing an example of how an Archives Collaborative grant might operate.  Please invite your SHRAB members to attend, too!

Emergency Preparedness - Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF: Where Cultural Heritage and Emergency Management Intersect

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | View Recording

Presented by: Lori Foley, Heritage Emergency National Task Force, FEMA

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) is a coalition of 58 federal agencies and national service organizations co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution. Its mission: to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Learn how this public-private partnership – which counts CoSA, the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) among its members – provides the arts and culture community with guidance and technical assistance before, during, and especially after disasters. This overview will discuss the challenge of incorporating cultural resources into the incident management structure – and what you can do as a member of the archives community to champion their protection.

Advocacy for Archives

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | View Recording

Presenters: CoSA Advocacy Committee

The April CoSA Member Webinar will feature members of CoSA’s Advocacy Committee discussing CoSA’s 2019-2022 advocacy plan and current advocacy initiatives. The speakers will discuss the federal budget and its impact on federal agencies of concern to state archives, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and its granting agency, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC); the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Speakers will also discuss recently released position statements, CoSA’s work on documenting replevin issues in state government, and the recent mid-year board meeting in Washington, DC, including advocacy visits to Congressional offices.

Among the speakers are Jodie Foley, Montana State Archivist and CoSA Vice-President, Jim Corridan, retired Indiana State Archivist and CoSA Advocacy Committee Co-chair; and David Cheever, Maine State Archivist, and CoSA Advocacy Committee Co-chair.

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