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Archival Advocacy at Home: Preparing & Messaging for Visiting District Congressional Offices

April 18, 2019 | View Recording


  • Sarah Koonts, State Archivist, North Carolina State Archives
  • Jim Corridan, Chairperson, Joint Working Group on Issues & Awareness

Archives are often easy targets for losing federal funding and assistance - but it doesn’t need to be that way! Many times, simply advocating for and educating your elected representatives and their staff about the vital role of archives and the value of archival collections can turn ambivalence or hostility into loyal support!

Later this month and into early May, archivists around the country will be visiting their local Congressional District offices to advocate on behalf of federal funding for archives. These visits are a follow-up to last August’s successful “Archives on the Hill” event, sponsored by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

JOIN members of the Joint Working Group on Issues and Awareness (a committee of CoSA, NAGARA, RAAC, and SAA) for this preparatory webinar where presenters will discuss the basics of a Congressional office visit, messaging ideas, and offer other practical advice for contacting your Representative or Senator.

This webinar and subsequent office visits comes at a perfect time: just before Congress begins mark-ups and hearings on the President’s budget bill – a budget submission that cuts many federal programs that are vital to archives, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as well as zero-budgeting and slating for closing the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Now is the time for us to raise our voices in support of federal funding for archives!

To prepare for this webinar and your Congressional office visits, please see our Advocacy Guide. Attendees of this webinar will walk from this presentation feeling better prepared with the information and tools necessary for a successful visit!

A recording of this webinar will be available on CoSA’s YouTube channel, SAA’s online course portal (see “On-Demand Events"), and NAGARA’s Advocacy Page.

Government Careers Webinar

May 2, 2018 | View Recording

Matt Veatch (KS), Kris Stenson (OR), and Cathy Popovitch (IL) represented CoSA in presenting a webinar on government archives and records management careers to San Jose State University Master of Archives and Records Administration students. CoSA members were invited to join the live session and participate in the webinar. The webinar recording is now available on the from our YouTube channel playlist. Professor Pat Franks of San Jose State University moderated the session and has been instrumental in helping CoSA coordinate this webinar. CoSA offered this webinar as a follow-up to some of the recommendations in our white paper Attracting and Retaining Great Talent: Government Records Archives and Records Management as a Career, issued in December 2017.

CoSA - NARA Webinars 

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are pleased to announce the first in a planned quarterly series of webinars to share information about state and federal archival and records management programs.  Both CoSA and NARA are excited to introduce this additional way for CoSA members and NARA staff to learn from each other and to foster additional collaboration, communication, and cooperation.  Please join us for the inaugural webinar, to learn about exciting examples of crowdsourcing initiatives in both the federal and a state government.

Still Pictures at NARA and Photographs at the Maryland State Archives

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 2:00 pm Eastern | Register Now

Join Billy Wade. Supervisory Archivist for the Still Picture Branch of the Special Media Records Division of NARA and Tim Baker, Maryland State Archivist for a discussion of still pictures and photographs. Billy will focus on the accessioning, processing and preservation of both traditional analog and digital photography at NARA with an emphasis on their Electronic Records Archives 2.0 system that was launched in October, 2018. Tim will discuss the workflow related to the transfer, ingest and presentation of contemporary photographs taken of recent events.


More CoSA- NARA webinars coming in September and December!!!

Rightfully Hers: Research, Exhibits, and Outreach on American Women and the Vote 

Thursday, March 21, 2019 | View Recording

Presented by Corinne L. Porter, Curator, Exhibits Program, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and Sandra G. Treadway, State Librarian, Library of Virginia (LVA)

Join Corinne Porter, NARA, and Sandy Treadway, LVA, for a discussion of preparations by archival institutions to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and woman suffrage. Corinne and Sandy will look beyond suffrage parades and protests to the archival materials that support research, exhibits, and outreach to document the often overlooked story behind this landmark moment in American history. Corinne will discuss NARA’s upcoming 19th Amendment exhibit “Rightfully Hers” which includes stories about the woman suffrage struggle at the state level.  Sandy will provide an overview of her extensive research on woman suffrage, LVA’s efforts to open women’s collections, her work with the Virginia Women’s Monument, and LVA’s upcoming exhibit about the 19th Amendment.

Crowdsourcing Archival Projects

July 19, 2018 | View Recording

NARA History Hub

Presenters:  Becky Collier and Kelly Osborn, Research Services and Office of Innovation co-leads, NARA History Hub

In January 2016 the National Archives and Records Administration embarked on a ground-breaking experiment with crowdsourcing reference questions on History Hub ( Modeled on the customer service support communities common in big tech companies like Apple and Verizon, it is a place to ask questions, share information, work together, and find help based on experience and interests. Becky and Kelly will cover a brief history of the project and a discussion of how NARA’s reference archivists incorporate a support community into their daily workflow.

Alabama WWI Service Records

Presenters:  Steve Murray, State Archivist, and Meredith McDonough, Digital Assets, Alabama Department of Archives and History

The Alabama World War II Service Records Project was developed under Alabama History D.I.Y., a recently branded series for local exhibits and virtual volunteer opportunities at the Alabama Department for Archives and History ( ).  Steve and Meredith will discuss the origins of this crowdsourcing project, a search for a suitable platform, enhancement of “FromThePage” indexing, implementation, a tremendously successful volunteer response, and lessons learned. 

Innovative Approaches to Records Scheduling at the Federal and State Levels

December 11, 2018 | View Recording

Presenters: Margaret "Maggie" Hawkins, Director of Records Management Operations, NARA; Lloyd Beers, Appraisal Archivist, NARA; Sarah Koonts, State Archivist, North Carolina; Becky McGee-Lankford, Government Records Section Manager and Assistant State Records Administrator, State Archives of North Carolina

Speakers from the CoSA-NARA Great Ideas Exchange Day, held at the Joint Annual Meeting in August, will focus on NARA’s “big-bucket” schedules for the General Services Administration, created to simplify the GSA’s records management burden, and North Carolina’s transition to develop functional schedules for state government.

Shop Talk Webinars


September 13, 2018

Join us for our Ancestry Shop Talk webinar! Ancestry staff will discuss record, information, and patron privacy. This relates to how Ancestry deals with record privacy and customer privacy, especially in an era when there is so much personal info available. Staff will also discuss the effects of GDPR, industry trends, how Ancestry protects members’ information, and how Ancestry keeps sensitive data like DNA information protected.


October 16, 2018 | View Recording

Preservica Shop Talk Webinar - Innovations in Digital Preservation

Preservica CTO Jon Tilbury will showcase technical innovations in digital preservation that are enabling state archives and other public sector institutions to streamline records processing and ingest, improve metadata management, and automate preservation actions. Demonstrations and a case study on email management will be shared. Lori Ashley, Industry Market Development Manager, will introduce Preservica’s consortia model and describe two public sector case studies.


November 15, 2018 | View Recording

APPX Shop Talk Webinar - Using AXAEM To Manage Agency Records

APPX President Steve Frizzell will discuss AXAEM, a comprehensive, fully integrated software solution designed specifically to meet the various data processing requirements of State Archives. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the various components of the AXAEM system and will then focus more specifically on the following functional capabilities:

  • State Records Center Inventory Management
  • Agency Self-Service Web Portal
  • Agency Local Inventory Management (Records stored at the Agency)

Family Search

November 14, 2017 | View Recording | Download Slides

Get an inside look at how FamilySearch is facilitating Records Preservation and Access throughout the world – and how State Archives can benefit from the work.

Learn about recent developments in web-based crowd sourcing for indexing which enables FamilySearch to index over one million (yes, that’s right) names per day to add to their massive genealogical search engine.

  • What technologies do they use to capture, preserve, migrate, and provide access to their images and indexes?
  • What processes does FamilySearch use in setting up indexing projects?
  • How does it get so many people in assist in the work?
  • What QA and backup systems do they use?
  • How is FamilySearch reaching out to local communities to assist them in preserving and providing access to their records?
  • What is FamilySearch doing to help preserve records locally, and globally?
  • How can we help you?

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