SERI Webinars

2019 State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) Webinar Series

SERI webinars typically occur on a Tuesday at 2 pm Eastern.

For a listing of current and upcoming CoSA Member webinars, please visit the CoSA Member Webinar page.

For a listing of current and upcoming additional webinars, please visit the Additional Webinars page

Miss a webinar?  Please visit our State Electronic Records Initiative Training Recordings page.


BitCurator for State Archives

Tuesday, September 10 | 2:00 pm Eastern

Presented by: Cal Lee, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BitCurator provides open source digital forensics tools and techniques that can help archives and other cultural heritage institutions ensure the reliability and longevity of digital files. Although it was initially developed for use with manuscripts collections, a growing number of state archives have determined that it fills numerous gaps in their electronic records processing workflows. This webinar will introduce the BitCurator environment and highlight how BitCurator can help state archives safeguard their electronic records, screen for and redact legally restricted information, and address other important concerns.

Audience(s): Archivist Practitioners, Archivist Managers

No technical expertise is needed; however, attendees should be familiar with the fundamentals of digital preservation.


"What Do You Mean I Can't Do That With This Social Media Account?"

Tuesday, October 8 | 2:00 pm Eastern | Register

Presented by: Barbara Austen, Connecticut State Library; Allen Ramsey, Connecticut State Library; and Jamie Patrick-Burns, North Carolina State Archives

Elected officials and state government agencies use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media services to convey information to and solicit feedback from citizens. In many states, business conducted via these services are subject to public records laws. However, social media platforms can make managing and preserving such records difficult, and participation, copyright, privacy, and other concerns must be addressed. This webinar will highlight how two states are addressing social media challenges.

Audience(s): Archivist Practitioners, Archivist Managers

No technical expertise is needed; however, attendees should have a basic understanding of technology and, in particular, social media.


Programming for Digital Preservation and Metadata

Tuesday, November 12 | 2:00 pm Eastern | Register

Presented by: Brian Thomas, Texas State Library Commission

As a means of getting things done, programming can pay major dividends compared to the time it takes to learn. Going through the example of converting a homegrown correspondence management system database into item level metadata, this webinar will cover the basics of the python programming language that were used to get the task done. Beyond the specific scripts used, topics will include methodology and logic, resources to figure out how to solve problems that get you stumped, and making a case for taking work time for learning a skill that can provide stunning results.

Audience(s): Archivist Practitioners, Archivist Managers

No technical expertise is required. Some familiarization with Python beforehand, however, is encouraged. This link from the Programming Historian website provides a good entry point to Python as well as other languages: https://programminghistorian.org/en/lessons/?topic=python.


Fundamentals of Digital Processing Workflows

Tuesday, December 17 | 2:00 pm Eastern | Register

Presented by: Nicholas Connizzo, Consulting Archivist

Building digital processing workflows is complicated and challenging, especially if you don't know where to start! This webinar will provide an overview of some of the fundamental parts and principles one should consider when implementing a processing workflow for electronic records. The presentation will focus on translating requirements into process in addition to building a framework to fit an organization's needs.

Audience(s): Archivist Practitioners, Archivist Managers

No technical expertise is needed; however, attendees should be familiar with the fundamentals of digital preservation.

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