CoSA Webinar Series

2020 CoSA Member Webinar Series

This year's theme is Archival Hot Topics.

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

Miss a webinar?  Please visit our CoSA Member Webinar Recordings page.


Looking to 2022: Federal Recordkeeping Policies In An Era of Transition

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

 Presenter:  Jason R. Baron, former Director of Litigation, National Archives and Records Administration

Based on recent memoranda issued by OMB and the Archivist of the U.S., over the next two years the federal government is on a path to fully managing and preserving its records in electronic formats, as well as embracing new policies on open data. Starting after December 31, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration will be accessioning records only in electronic and digitized formats. This represents a major inflection point towards a fully digital public archives of the future.  Additionally, under new policy guidance issued by OMB, federal agencies are expected to embrace a robust data governance strategy which includes the appointment of Chief Data Officers.  We will discuss these and other recent initiatives in the area of federal recordkeeping (including with respect to e-mail), and their applicability to archiving and recordkeeping policies at the State level.  

Advocacy - Educating Your Stakeholders

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

The April CoSA Member Webinar will feature members of CoSA’s Advocacy Committee discussing CoSA’s 2020-2023 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.

Overview of Online Archive of California and Calisphere

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

Presenters:  Christine Kim and Adrian Turner, University of California

The California Digital Library works with cultural heritage organizations throughout the State of California to provide access to finding aids and digital collections, through the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere. The OAC currently comprises over 50,000 collection guides and Calisphere brings together over 1.6 million digital primary resources. Join us - Christine Kim, OAC/Calisphere Service & Outreach Manager and Adrian Turner, Senior Product Manager for the California Digital Library, as we provide an overview of our services, details on how we collaborate with over 300 contributing organizations to provide access to these materials, as well as an update on our initiative to explore the development of a national archival finding aid network.

How Cultural Competency Promotes Diversity and Inclusion in Your Archives

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

Presenter: Helen Wong Smith, Archivist for University Records, University of Hawaii

Cultural Competency is the ability to function with awareness, knowledge, and interpersonal skills when engaging people of different backgrounds, assumptions, beliefs, values, and behaviors. Adopting its precepts can facilitate a more diverse and inclusive archives within your workforce, patrons, and collections. Adopted by the Society of American Archivists in 2015 upon training Council and staff by Helen Wong Smith who delivers full day workshops nationwide, this webinar will present the precepts of cultural competency and strategies to employ them in your institution.   

Training from State Archives (Case studies)

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

Details coming soon

Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

Join CoSA President Jodie Foley, CoSA Board members and committee chairs to review events, decisions, and updates from the 2020 Joint Annual meeting with SAA, in Chicago, IL. We’ll catch up on CoSA’s 2020 Award recipients, work session discussions, other CoSA business and more! 

CoSA Award Recipients and Emerging Leaders

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

Join the CoSA-Ancestry Leadership Award and Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Award recipients as they discuss how the professional development opportunities funded by the award have advanced their leadership skills. We will also hear from recent attendees of the Archives Institute.  

State Archives Spotlight

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 3:00pm Eastern | Register Now

Join us as we turn the spotlight on some of our State Archives. We'll hear from one or two states who will share their programs and activities and give us a taste of their collections.

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