Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists (Archival Fundamentals Series III, Volume 3)

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Advocacy and awareness are essential activities that underpin the work of the archives profession, helping archivists communicate the value and relevance of our work to administrators and the general public. In Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists, Kathleen D. Roe draws on her extensive experience to walk new and experienced archivists through basic principles and practices of advocating for and creating awareness of archives. From building archival advocacy programs to lobbying local and national legislators, Roe encourages archivists to think beyond the “elevator speech” to identify clear paths for relevant engagement. Writing exercises guide archivists in thinking through their advocacy goals and identifying when and to whom their efforts should be targeted. An overview of previous advocacy and awareness efforts demonstrates both productive approaches and cautionary tales that may inform future endeavors.

A must-have resource for every archivist, Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists will help you adopt an “advocacy frame of mind” and encourage you to do the work that will bring the change you seek.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Kathleen D. Roe

Kathleen D. Roe is Director of Archives and Records Management Operations at the New York State Archives. She manages the operation of the Archives records management program providing services to 63 state agencies and 4300 local governments as well as the archival programs operating State Archives archival facility holding over 100,000 cubic feet of state government records as well as statewide programs to provide training and advisory services to over 3000 historical records programs. She holds advanced degrees in history from Michigan State University, and in library science/archival administration from Wayne State University. She has served as president of the Council of State Archivists, and currently chairs CoSA's Government Relations Committee which is currently involved in advocating for the Preserving the American Historical Records bill, an effort to bring federal formula grant funding to each state. She is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, has served on or chaired a number of committees for that organization including the Committee on Archival Information Exchange, the Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee, and the Appointments Committee, and currently serves on the Government Affairs Working Group. She has been honored by the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College for her contributions to documenting New York's Latino communities, has been awarded three NEH-Mellon Fellowships for the Study of Archival Administration, and has been a member of several national and international archival practices research projects. She has published and taught extensively in the areas of archival descriptive practices, advocating for archival programs, and documenting disasters and tragedies.