Advocacy is an important, and sometimes unexpected, part of an archivist's work. These pages will provide you with basic ideas of how to get involved with advocating for archives, whether it's conducting outreach for your department in your community, or contacting legislators about broader issues.
SGA organizes advocacy efforts to create greater awareness of the importance of archives, or in reaction to legislative, legal or social changes that impact archives.
Recent SGA actions:
- 2014: The Society of Georgia Archivists launched an #EverydayDigitalArchives outreach campaign and partnered with the Atlanta chapter of ARMA International and the Georgia Library Association to create personal digital archiving workshop materials that you can reuse to teach a workshop at your own workplace.
- March-April 2013: ADVOCACY WORKS!! Both the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate voted unanimously to transfer the Georgia Archives to the University System of Georgia. The General Assembly also voted to add $300,000 to the Archives budget which will enable the Archives to re-hire some of the staff positions lost during the fall.
- January-March 2013: SGA members reached out to their state senators and representatives to encourage them to support the Georgia Archives by voting for Governor Nathan Deal's bill to transfer responsibility for the Archives to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Supporter also encouraged their legislators to support and increased budget for the Archives that would allow the Archives to open more days a week and reinstate some of the staff terminated in October 2012.
- November-December 2012: Joe Tanner and Associates, a governmental consulting firm hired by the Friends of Georgia Archives and History to assist with the campaign to save the Georgia Archives, offered legislative advocacy training at the SGA annual meeting in November. They also offered training sessions online.
- September-November 2012: In collaboration with the Coalition to Save the Georgia Archives, SGA contacted state legislators and Governor Nathan Deal to protest the budget cuts that would have closed the Georgia Archives to the public. The Outreach Managers created letter templates for use by SGA membership, invited every Georgia legislator to a rally held at the Capitol, invited press to both the Georgia Archives Month proclamation signing and the rally, started a Twitter feed to publicize actions, and a video campaign to capture the impact that the Archives has on Georgia's citizens.
- January 2012: In collaboration with the Coalition to Save the Georgia Archives, SGA contacted state legislators to restore the Georgia Archives budget. SGA created an "emergency deck" to share with legislators, and invited legislators and press to a breakfast held at the Capitol by the Friends of Georgia Archives.
If you want to get more involved with SGA's outreach and advocacy activities, or need assistance on an advocacy issue, contact the Outreach Managers at firstname.lastname@example.org