March 2020 - Beyond Schoolhouse Rock: The Journey From an Idea to Law


Overview: In 2018 a group of county archivists and interested parties banded together to draft a bill that opens records exempt from the public records law after 75 years. The bill very successfully moved through the state legislature and became law, without the help of paid lobbyists. Learn how this grassroots movement began and the journey that local archivists traveled to transform an idea into a law. 

This webinar:

  • provides a brief history of the grassroots movement; 
  • covers how the archivists found a bill sponsor; 
  • details who the archivists solicited for letters of support; how they strategized who should provide testimony and what angles to take; 
  • describes their work with interested parties and met with key committee chairs; who followed up, and kept at bay, potential issues; and ultimately saw their bill signed into law.

 Themes: Information Management | Advocacy

 Credits: 1 LGARA Certificate Credit (NAGARA) and 1 ARC from ACA
(NOTE: ICRM no longer provides pre-approval for events less than one hour in length; however, you may still petition ICRM to receive credit for attending this webinar, which is usually approved in most instances)

 LGARA Core Competency: "Advocacy & Outreach"

 Speakers: Pari Swift, University Records Manager, The Ohio State University; and Robin Heise, Records Manager/Archivist, Greene County Records Center and Archives

 Duration: 60 Minutes

How to Request a Certificate of Attendance: After viewing this archived webinar in its entirety, please e-mail info@nagara.org to request your Certificate of Attendance.

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