Working with State Archivists in Support of Records Preservation and Access

April 11th, 2017 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

Records & Repositories, S428, “How Genealogists Can Work with State Archivists in Support of Records Preservation and Access,” 11 am, Saturday, 13 May 2017

with Sarah E. Koonts, State Archivist of North Carolina

Genealogists represent one of the most important user groups for archives. This session focuses on how genealogists can become advocates for local, state, and federal archives so valuable collections are adequately funded, staffed, and accessible. Session attendees will learn more about how archivists from across the country collaborate to raise awareness on issues impacting access to records. Other topics covered will include how genealogists can support funding for archives on all levels and how genealogists can learn more about collections in the variety of cultural institutions across the country. In addition, attendees will be encouraged to engage in a discussion on how the genealogical community can partner more effectively with the archival community on advocacy issues.

About Your Speaker: Sarah E. Koonts is the State Archivist of North Carolina. In addition to her role leading the State Archives, Sarah recently served two terms on the board of directors for the Council of State Archivists, including as council president. She also is active in the Council’s State Electronic Records Initiative and Advocacy Committee. She is particularly passionate about electronic records preservation issues and advocacy for archival collections.

Sponsored by RPAC (Records Preservation & Access Committee)