Session 24 - Leave Nothing on the Table: Discovering Records Management Opportunities in COVID Relief Funds

Government archives and records managers have a chronic problem: A shortage of funding to keep records preservation and access up to date. And now many states have a new problem: Funds allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act are still sitting on the table, unused. Learn how government archives and records administrators in Alabama and Georgia have stepped up to that table to solve both problems at once, discovering their share of millions in federal funding to digitize, preserve, and provide greater access to public records. A county archivist and a a tenured government technology sales representative will discuss how to find and apply for funds, prepare your pitch to ensure projects get support, prioritize records for digitization, and work with vendors to ensure best practices are upheld.

This session will provide valuable insight into alternative government funding for government records management projects before those funds are no longer available.

Target Audiences: Federal, State/Tribal, Local, Public Institutions of Higher Learning

Focus Areas: Archives, Records Management

Presenters: Rebekah Davis, Archivist, Limestone County Archives, and Mike Beaudreau, Account Executive, MCCi