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.

State Archives Showcase - California & Louisiana

October 22, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

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

October 1, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

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

     September 17th (3 pm eastern) - Regrant programs

CoSA 2020 Virtual Work Session

August 27, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

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).

Ancestry's "Making Holocaust Archives Available to Everyone" video

Preview of "Idaho's Constitution Revealed" video


Training from State Archives (Case studies)

July 23, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck (via Google Drive)

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

June 25, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

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 

May 28, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

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.


Advocacy Insights from EveryLibrary

April 30, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

Join our colleague, John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary, for an overview of EveryLibrary’s advocacy strategies in furthering library initiatives throughout the country to learn how EveryLibrary’s successes can serve as models for advocacy for archival issues. John will offer advice on advocating for state, local, and federal programs for archives and share tips and guidance on starting or strengthening your advocacy efforts.


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

March 26, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

 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.  


SHRAB Town Hall

February 27, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

Join us for our annual SHRAB townhall! Dan Stokes from NHPRC will discuss the latest news from the national scene. Next, we will feature the Arizona SHRAB. Dennis Preisler and staff will share the varied programs - from regrants to workshops sponsored by this group.  


What's on Tap for CoSA in 2020

January 23, 2020 | View Recording | Download Slide Deck

Join President Jodie Foley, CoSA Board Members and CoSA Committee chairs as they look forward to the exciting activities and programs for CoSA in 2020. 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.  


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