CoSA Member Webinar Recordings
CoSA Member Webinars typically occur on the 4th Thursday of the month at 3 pm Eastern. Below are the recordings and slide presentations from the past year. To see a list of our current and upcoming webinars, please visit our CoSA Webinar Series page.
Marketing Yourself as an Archival Worker
April 22, 2021 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck
Are you just beginning or starting the next chapter in your career as an archival worker? Ever wonder what knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences the hiring team on the other side of the interview table or screen is looking for in a candidate? Join us for a discussion with colleagues from both the hiring and applying perspectives for insight into marketing yourself as an archival worker and ways to stand out during the hiring process.
Advocacy for State Archives - Lessons Learned from the Birmingham Public Library
Steve Murray, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and co-chair of CoSA’s Advocacy Committee, will recount strategies developed and lessons learned during a statewide advocacy effort on behalf of the archives and special-collections departments of the Birmingham Public Library in 2020. When pandemic-related budget shortfalls threatened to leave the repositories shuttered and unstaffed for an indefinite period, Alabama allies worked with EveryLibrary to develop a stakeholder-focused approach to messaging. A representative of SAA’s Committee on Public Policy will share an update on SAA’s work to equip the archival community for acute advocacy needs such as those in Birmingham.
What's on Tap for CoSA in 2021
Join CoSA President Tom Ruller, CoSA Board Members and CoSA Committee chairs as they look forward to the exciting activities and programs for CoSA in 2021. We’ll hear from Finance, Development, Advocacy, Education & Training, Awards, and the State Electronic Records Initiative. If you are new to CoSA or curious about our planning for the year, this is a great opportunity to learn more. Interested in getting more involved? The committee reports can help you choose among the many volunteer opportunities.
State Archives Showcase - Utah & District of Columbia
Join us as we continue to turn the spotlight on some of our State Archives. This month we are going to showcase Utah and the District of Columbia. Their presentations will focus on different facets of their programs: from facilities and staff, to collections, exhibits and special projects. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what makes each of these archives special.
State Archives Showcase - California & Louisiana
Join us as we turn the spotlight on some of our State Archives. This month we are going to showcase California and Louisiana. Their presentations will focus on different facets of their programs: from facilities and staff, to collections, exhibits and special projects. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what makes each of these archives special.
SHRAB Roundtable Results Review
Join us for a review of the September SHRAB Roundtables findings. This webinar will present the highlights of the three SHRAB roundtables conducted during September.
The SHRAB roundtables will be conducted via Zoom. Here's the dates and the topics for each roundtable:
September 3rd (3 pm eastern) - SHRAB Funding
September 10th (3 pm eastern) - Traveling Archivist programs
CoSA 2020 Virtual Work Session
Join CoSA for our annual Work Session - held virtually this year. The Work Session will feature a presentation from CoSA Corporate Sponsor Ancestry and from one of the CoSA-Ancestry Leadership Award recipients, Layce Johnson, about her work to conserve the Idaho State Constitution. The session also includes presentations on CoSA's upcoming Archives and Records Management Survey, which will result in the publication of the State of State Records report next year, and on the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI).
Training from State Archives (Case studies)
Join us as we learn about three different training models for state archives. Christine Wiseman, will provide an overview of the Georgia Archives Institute (GAI). Established in 1967 as basic training for staff of the Georgia Archives, the Institute is now a separate non-profit organization that has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals working in archives and libraries in Georgia, the United States and beyond. Providing introductory training in archival practice, the Institute spans two weeks every June in Atlanta where 20 students participate in 48 hours of classroom instruction, a two day internship and at Atlanta area institution and opportunities for institutional tours and networking. In 2016, the GAI board was honored to receive the Society of American Archivists Award of Distinction. Jodie Foley, State Archivist for Montana, will discuss Montana’s use of the Student Archivist program to provide real-world experience to graduate students while giving local heritage organizations much needed professional archival training. Beth Golding, from the Florida Bureau of Archives and Records Management will discuss how the Bureau provides training in managing historical records collections and in management of Florida’s public records.
How Cultural Competency Promotes Diversity and Inclusion in Your Archives
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.
Connecting California’s Collections: Highlighting the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere
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.