CoSA Webinar Series

2018 CoSA Member Webinar Series

Forward-thinking leadership combined with great management achieves the best results. Both are required to define a clear path, plan accordingly, and see the plan through to fulfillment. But can great leaders also be great managers and vice versa? We'll explore the fundamental strengths and differences between leadership and management, as well as tackle specific training and development 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, please visit the Additional Webinars page

What's on Tap for CoSA in 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | 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! As we have done in previous years, this webinar takes a look 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 22, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | View Recording

Join staff from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to hear about program updates and highlights. Be sure to invite your SHRAB members, too!

Leadership and Management: How They Work Together

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | View Recording

Presenter: Chris Barth, The United States Military Academy at West Point

Advocacy for Archives

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | View Recording

Presenters: CoSA Advocacy Committee

This CoSA webinar, sponsored by Preservica, will feature members of CoSA’s Advocacy Committee discussing CoSA Advocacy initiatives and providing examples of successful advocacy efforts. The speakers are Jodie Foley, Montana State Archivist and CoSA Advocacy Committee Co-Chair; Jim Corridan, Indiana State Archivist and CoSA Advocacy Committee Co-chair; Sarah Koonts, North Carolina State Archivist; Jelain Chubb, Texas State Archivist; and David Cheever, Maine State Archivist. The speakers will discuss the federal budget and its impact on NARA and NHPRC; the mid-year board meeting and advocacy visits; planning for the “Archives on the Hill” event in August; and advocacy success stories from Texas and Maine.


CoSA acknowledges Preservica's generous sponsorship of the April Member Webinar. Be sure to join Preservica's Shop Talk webinar presentation later this year to learn more about their research, programs, and products.

Nexus LAB Layers of Leadership

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | View Recording

Presenters: Katherine Skinner, Executive Director, Educopia Institute and Anne Ackerson, CoSA

The Nexus "Leading Across Boundaries" (LAB) initiative, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and hosted by the Educopia Institute, is a federated, national effort involving a wide range of leadership training stakeholders from the archives, museum, and library communities, including CoSA. Together, the team documented existing practices and needed competencies, built cross-germination tools and strategies, and developed open, freely available curriculum and evaluation tools for use across these fields. One of the tools the project team developed was the Layers of Leadership, which can help professionals assess their leadership challenges and skills toolkits.

Project Management, Part 1

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | View Recording

Presenter: Sharon Leon, Department of History, Michigan State University

Project Planning and Preparation

Preparing for Success: Realistic scoping of a project in the proposal stage is essential to its future success. We will discuss how to evaluate existing resources, put reasonable boundaries around project deliverables base on those resources, and how to estimate the amount appropriate period of performance required to satisfactorily produce the deliverables. Additionally, we will discuss how to set up pilot projects that facilitate making good estimates.

Creating and Following a Realistic Work Plan: Work plans are necessary for both securing funding, and for guiding the actual work of the project. While the general contours of these two work plans should resemble one another, they have very different goals and audiences. We will work through how to produce a work plan for a funding proposal, and how to create a functional work plan to manage the day to day milestones and deliverables of a project.

Project Management, Part 2

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | View Recording

Presenter: Sharon Leon, Department of History, Michigan State University

Project Execution

Managing Personnel and Team Dynamics: Managing the ongoing relationships among team members can be one of the hardest parts about project management. We will spend time considering the function of meetings, self-reporting techniques, and other oversight approaches. We will also devote our attention to facilitating productive collaboration among team members.

Tracking Budgets and Deliverables, for Internal and External Funders: Satisfying the requirements and needs of funders/key stakeholders is one of the infrequently discussed aspects of project management. To some extent, this involves setting or complying with institutional record-keeping systems, but on another level it means establishing and maintaining relationships by capitalizing on the success of project work. We will discuss methods of working with administration and other departments to facilitate the best work possible, and various reporting and outreach strategies.

Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

Presenters: CoSA Board and Committee Members

In case you missed the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC 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 27, 2018 | 3:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

Presenters: Christopher Eck, Executive Director, and Daniel Stokes, Director for State Programs, NHPRC, will provide information about the NHPRC's FY2019 appropriation; new Commission initiatives related to early legal records and an additional category of State Board Programming Grants; training and planning resources to be created for state boards; updated reporting requirements; and examples of innovative and tried-and-true board programming.

Mentoring Future Leaders

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 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.

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