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August 11, 2015 / Council of State Archivists

NHPRC Grants (1976-2015) by States

NHPRC Grants (1976-2015) by States

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Republicans:

Alabama:          Gary Palmer                             $1,117,542

Arizona:            Paul Gosar                               $2,447,479

Colorado:         Ken Buck                                 $1,187,770

Florida:             John Mica                                $2,391,979

Ron DeSantis

Georgia:           Jody Hice                                 $4,283,921

Buddy Carter

Iowa:                Rob Blum                                 $1,630,950

Kentucky:         Thomas Massie                        $2,564,055

Michigan:          Tim Walberg                            $3,343,122

Justin Amash

North Carolina:  Mark Meadows                      $4,735,080

Mark Walker

Ohio:                Mike Turner                             $1,745,037

Jim Jordan

Oklahoma:        Steve Russell                            $1,586,867

South Carolina:  Trey Gowdy                            $5,603,551

Mick Mulvaney

Tennessee:        John Duncan                             $8,117,506

Scott DeJarlais

Texas:              Blake Farenthold                      $4,839,545

Will Hurd

Utah:                Jason Chaffetz, Chairman            $807,493

Wisconsin:        Glenn Grothman                       $8,991,158

Wyoming:         Cynthia Lummis                        $1,053,723

Democrats:

California:                     Ted Lieu                                   $17,320,993

Mark DeSaulnier

District of Columbia:     Eleanor Holmes Norton            $16,575,193

Illinois:                          Tammy Duckworth                   $9,344,635

Robin Kelly

Maryland:                     Elijah Cummings                       $9,365,756

Massachusetts:             Stephen Lynch              $13,466,801

Michigan:                      Brenda Lawrence                     $3,343,122

Missouri:                      Lacy Clay                                 $2,200,251

New Jersey:                 Bonnie Coleman                       $9,197,112

New Mexico:              Michelle Lujan Grisham            $1,710,153

New York:                   Carolyn Maloney                      $21,387,437

Pennsylvania:             Matt Cartwright                        $5,820,146

Brendan Boyle

Tennessee:                    Jim Cooper                            $8,117,506

Vermont:                      Peter Welch                              $876,628

Virgin Islands:              Stacey Plaskett                         $179,107

Virginia:                        Gerry Connolly                         $16,034,570

August 11, 2015 / Council of State Archivists

Recap: Annual Meeting 2015

CoSA Meeting 2015

CoSA Board Elections:  Joining the board for a three-year term are:  John Dougan (MO), Chelle Somsen (SD), and Jack Warner (MA).  Officers for 2015-16 are:  Matt Blessing (WI), President; Patricia Smith-Mansfield (UT), VP/President-elect; and Steve Murray (AL), Secretary-Treasurer.

Work Session:  Sponsored by Ancestry, the annual Work Session is an opportunity for members to discuss CoSA organizational issues and hear updates on advocacy activities, NHPRC news, and upcoming professional development opportunities.  This year’s Work Session also featured presentations by Dorothy Fouche (AL) and Felicia Lujan (NM), our CoSA-Ancestry Leadership Award recipients.

Member/Award Recipient Dinner:  Fifty members and friends joined in a convivial evening celebrating this year’s award recipients.

SHRAB Box Lunch:  Kathleen Williams, NHPRC Executive Director, and Dan Stokes, State Program Director, presented information and updates regarding SHRAB responsibilities, future directions, and funding programs.  We celebrated the SHRAB 40th anniversary with a delicious red velvet cake! Thank you to Gaylord Archival for helping to sponsor the beverages and cake for this event!

Business Meeting:  CoSA wrapped up its events with its annual business meeting where financial and committee reports were recapped.

Silent Auction:  More than $1200 was raised to support CoSA programming from silent auction donors who bid on a terrific variety of items donated by members, friends and staff.  A special thank you to Ancestry for donating memberships and DNA kits; and to Gaylord Archival and University Products for their donations of gift certificates. Lots of interest and heavy bidding for chocolates, coffee nuts from Hawaii; tuna from American Samoa; rum from the Virgin Islands and Kentucky bourbon!  If you were a bidder, we hope you got what you wanted!

August 11, 2015 / Council of State Archivists

Celebrate Electronic Records Day – 10.10.15

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What is Electronic Records Day?

E-records Day is a day to raise awareness among government agencies, related professional organizations, the general public and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in our world.

Why does it matter?

With the increasing reliance on information technology, the challenge to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital records and information continues to grow. Managing electronic records is an urgent issue!

Electronic records are subject to changes in software and hardware that can leave them virtually inaccessible after just a few years, if not monitored.

Electronic records require proactive management. The best time to plan for electronic records preservation is at the time records are created, rather than when software is being replaced or a project is ending.

Electronic records should be evaluated according to their information content, not their format, and be subject to the same retention schedules and public records requirements as physical records.

Paper records stored in good conditions can be read centuries afterwards; electronic records, however, can become unreadable very quickly, without proper management and care.

Top tips for government agencies working with electronic records

  • Consult your records retention schedule:  Know what retention periods have been approved and take appropriate actions (e.g. transfer to the State Archives, destroy, etc.) when the retention period for your records has been met.
  • Plan ahead in ERM system design: Talk to an archivist, records manager, and other stakeholders; determine the possibilities for system adherence to retention and disposition guidelines.
  • You’ve got to have standards: Ensure you have a trusted system and that your records are authentic.
  • Organization is key: Who’s in charge of the shared file? Are people using email as a filing cabinet rather than a communication tool? Which copy is the record copy?
  • Make the rules: Naming conventions, file organization, and disposition strategies all help now and in the long term. Make the rules known and follow them.
  • Do you have backup? Does your backup system work? How well will it actually restore your e-records? Can you retrieve individual items? Consider off-site storage.
  • Understand metadata: It’s data about your data (and helps your records live long and prosper).
  • Keep the content, context, and structure: How can you keep all three of these characteristics viable for your records? Hint: metadata helps!
  • Do you have built-in strategies? Can you migrate your e-records? Transfer them to the archives?
  • Does delete mean delete? E-records proliferate easily. Do you have a plan to manage deletion of all copies that should be deleted? E-discovery will include all files.
  • Think before you scan: Standards, worthiness, naming conventions, storage, and retrieval (among other things) should be considered before you turn that scanner on for the most efficient and useful results.
August 11, 2015 / Council of State Archivists

Upcoming Webinar for SHRAB Coordinators and Board Members: August 27th, 3 pm Eastern

August 27th Webinar Seeks SHRAB Member Input for NHPRC Strategic Plan

Sponsored by CoSA
3 – 4 pm Eastern

SHRAB Coordinators:  Please circulate this email to your SHRAB board members. Thank you!

SHRAB members and coordinators are invited to join Kathleen Williams, NHPRC Executive Director, and Dan Stokes, Director of State Programs, in a special webcast conversation about the future of the SHRAB program.  Your ideas, information and concerns are needed and welcome!

As NHPRC gathers input on all of its programs and services for its next strategic plan, the role of the SHRABs is a key element.  Now in its 40th year, the SHRAB program has provided state and territorial archives with critical support on a variety of fronts.  What does its future look like?  Kathleen and Dan want to hear from you!

Because the deadline at NHPRC for stakeholder input is September 15th, CoSA determined that a webinar focused solely on the SHRABs is in order this month.

To reserve your place for this webinar, please register here by Wednesday, August 26th.

NHPRC Planning Goals

The preliminary strategic planning goals have been identified.  They are:

1.  Expand access to the nation’s historical records.

The primary role of the Commission is to provide opportunities for the American people to discover and use records that increase understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. To that end, the National Archives funds projects that publish collections of historical records—including documentary editions in print and online versions and digital editions online. Several challenges have arisen during this transitional period, and the Commission will use its regular programming and seek new funding to:

  • Support multiple levels of access leading to online access and to open access
  • Promote the development and use of standards for online publishing of collections
  • Identify historically significant collections in need of a national initiative for full online access
  • Partner with and support collaborative and collective projects for long-term sustainability of digital resources

2.  Engage the American people in preserving the American record.

A key challenge ahead is to help grantees engage directly with people in their communities and online. Along with efforts for greater public engagement, archives are encouraging people to learn critical thinking skills and basic research techniques when seeking and using historical records in both analog and digital formats. The National Archives has enlisted Citizen Archivists in crowdsourcing, and the Commission will seek to broaden that practice and to:

  • Encourage new organizational methods for crowdsourcing for historical records
  • Promote educational/training efforts for Citizen Archivists at other archives
  • Collaborate with state boards on local & statewide grassroots projects

3.  Provide leadership through the National Archives.

The National Archives plays a key national leadership role in developing and promoting best practices, model programs, and partnerships among the nation’s vast network of archives and documentary editing projects.  Through the Commission, the National Archives seeks to:

  • Build state partnerships around key needs, such as electronic records management
  • Continue to support professional development opportunities for archivists and documentary editors
  • Fund research, development, & dissemination of best practices
  • Collaborate with other funders on initiatives and programs

4.  Adapt Commission practices to extend its reach and leverage.

The Commission seeks to encourage a more inclusive pool of applicants that represents the rich diversity of America’s culture and history. To that end, it will seek ways to demonstrate the public impact of its programming and to improve its internal management processes to:

  • Streamline its application and review processes
  • Clarify language re “national significance” to encourage a wider pool of applicants
  • Strengthen the connection of its grants program to the imprimatur of the National Archives
August 11, 2015 / Council of State Archivists

Summer Appeal 2015 Exceeds $4,000-mark

We thank the following colleagues and friends for their support of CoSA’s ongoing work and commitment to excellence.

As of August 11, 2015, the Summer Appeal has raised more than $4,000 for the Victoria Irons Walch Leadership Awards Fund, the CoSA Reserve Fund, and for general operations.  “We couldn’t be more pleased with this wonderful show of support,” said Sandra Treadway, CoSA board member and chair of the Development Committee.

Anne W. Ackerson

Lori J. Ashley

Timothy D. Baker

Matthew T. Blessing

David W. Carmicheal

Jim Corridan

Delaware Public Archives

Fynnette L. Eaton

Steven C. Excell

Conley L. Edwards

David S. Ferriero

Lori R. Foley

Florent Hardy, Jr., Ph.D.

David A. Joens

Jeffrey O. Johnson

Sarah E. Koonts

Jesse R. Lankford, Jr.

Susan Laura Lugo

Jennifer Davis McDaid

Patricia A. Michaelis

Steve Murray

Lizette T. Pelletier

George F. Orlowski

Omaira B. Perry

Kathleen D. Roe

Shawn P. Rounds

Gregory Sanford

Michael Strom

Barbara Teague

Sandra G. Treadway

Matthew B. Veatch

Victoria I. Walch

Christine W. Ward

John D. Warner, Jr.

Julia Marks Young

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