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In Conversation With...

A series of conversations presented by the Council of State Archivists, focusing on contemporary issues shaping the work of state archives. The series is made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant. In recognition of this crucible moment in which humanities institutions and records repositories find themselves, the conversations in this series will span three broad topic areas: Diversity and Inclusion, The Workplace Here and Now, and The Future of Work and the Workplace.


Roger Christman and Dr. Anthea Seles Discuss Artificial Intelligence

Archives and Artificial Intelligence is the topic for this informal conversation with Roger Christman, Senior State Governor's Records Archivist at the Library of Virginia; Dr. Anthea Seles, Secretary-General, International Council on Archives; and Nick Connizzo, CoSA Project Manager and conversation moderator. Our guests take both practical and wide-ranging looks at artificial intelligence as an emerging tool for archives.


Rick Hendricks Discusses Working with Indigenous Communities

State Records Center Administrator Rick Hendricks shares his expertise about initiating and strengthening his agency's relationships with the many Native communities across New Mexico. Hendricks credits the work of the New Mexico State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) for its work in establishing a variety of working relationships with tribal records-holders. Building and sustaining trust underpins all the successful work, Hendricks says, noting that constant attention to nurturing and honoring relationships is a requirement.


Kathy Marquis and Tom Ruller Discuss Adjusting Operations During the Pandemic

In this installment of "In Conversation With...," we talk with Wyoming State Archivist Kathy Marquis and New York State Archivist Tom Ruller about how they've had to adjust operations during the pandemic. Among the topics we explore are the challenges of maintaining a productive work environment, what the post-pandemic "new normal" will look like, and how the issues of systemic racism and social injustice are modifying each agency's approach to work. It's a lively conversation and one you don't want to miss!


Dr. Patricia C. Franks Discusses Trends in Archival Education

Dr. Patricia C. Franks, Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University in California and Program Coordinator for the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA), discusses some of the trends in archival education as students and emerging professionals face the challenges of today's archives.

This series of conversations is presented by the Council of State Archivists, focusing on contemporary issues shaping the work of state archives. The series is made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant. In recognition of this crucible moment in which humanities institutions and records repositories find themselves, the conversations in this series will span three broad topic areas: Diversity and Inclusion, The Workplace Here and Now, and The Future of Work and the Workplace.


Helen Wong Smith Discusses Cultural Competency

In this edition of “In Conversation With…,” Helen Wong Smith, archivist and librarian for University Records at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, expands upon her June 2020 CoSA webinar on the meaning and importance of cultural competency. In this wide-ranging conversation, Smith offers a definition for cultural competency, discusses its critical importance in light of the increasing multicultural of communities, and considers the implications for institutions that continue to ignore systemic racism and social inequities. She offers advice to state archives leaders and staff for making space to practice cultural competency.

This series of conversations is presented by the Council of State Archivists, focusing on contemporary issues shaping the work of state archives. The series is made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant. In recognition of this crucible moment in which humanities institutions and records repositories find themselves, the conversations in this series will span three broad topic areas: Diversity and Inclusion, The Workplace Here and Now, and The Future of Work and the Workplace.


Steve Murray, Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Discusses His Agency's Timely Statement of Recommitment

In the wake of George Floyd's murder and last summer's Black Lives Matter protests, a flurry of solidarity statements were issued by nonprofits and for-profits alike. One stood out for its forthright transparency and accountability: the Statement of Recommitment issued by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Steve Murray talks about what it took to develop the statement and what its impact has been.


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