CoSA-NARA Webinar Recordings

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) have collaborated on a quarterly webinar series to share information about state and federal archival and records management programs. Below are the recordings of previous webinars. To see a list of our current and upcoming webinars, please visit our Additional Webinars page.

Still Pictures at NARA and Photographs at the Maryland State Archives

June 20, 2019 | View Recording

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.

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

March 21, 2019 | View Recording

Presenters: 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.

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