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July 9, 2013 / Council of State Archivists

SERI Introductory Electronic Records Institute – Arrivals and Day One

On Sunday, July 7, 2013 archivists, records managers, and IT professionals from 26 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia flocked to Indianapolis and the Indiana State Library for the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) Introductory Electronic Records Institute. The Introductory Institute is one of three Electronic Records Institutes being organized and offered by CoSA through an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant.


We started the week off with an “early bird” dinner to welcome the institute attendees and instructors and to begin the process of getting to know everyone and networking.

Sunday - Group Dinner 1

Sunday - Group Dinner 2

After dinner, Jim Corridan, Indiana State Archivist gave the group a private tour of the Indiana Capitol.

Sunday - Capitol Tour 1

Monday morning, before getting into the heart of the information, each attendee introduced themselves and gave a brief summary of their program in general and what they are hoping to get out of the institute. By the time we took our morning break, it was clear that there were many similarities between programs in terms of where they stand with their electronic records program and the struggles in getting a program up and running.

After introductions, we spent the day learning about electronic records policies and strategies from Mike Wash, Chief Information Officer for the National Archives and Records Administration.

01-Monday - Mike Wash

We then capped the evening off with a group dinner and enjoyed good conversations and had a chance to decompress after a full first day.

01-Monday Group Dinner 5

01-Monday Group Dinner 4

01-Monday Group Dinner 3

01-Monday Group Dinner 2

01-Monday Group Dinner 1

More information about the grant and institutes can be found on the CoSA website.


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