Quick read

This section includes some essential viewing/reading for those who wish to explore this topic, but are short of time.

Key resources

Get your house in order: advocating for the profession by advocating for your archives by Erin Lawrimore (2013). These are notes from a presentation given by Erin Lawrimore, a University Archivist, at the 2013 Society of American Archivists meeting on advocating for your archive. This is from a HE perspective and may be useful for those who work in smaller services.

Kathleen Roe talking about archives advocacy at the Arizona Archives Alliance (2014). This 54-minute presentation by Kathleen Roe is on advocacy and using effective strategies for communicating the value of archives to decision makers.

Kathleen Roe talking on the Archives in Context podcast by the Society of American Archivists (2014). This 33-minute podcast (Season 2, Episode 6) features Kathleen Roe talking about her book, ‘Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists’, and provides advice for archivists in undertaking advocacy.

If you have a little more time, we also recommend reading:

‘Advocacy and awareness for archivists’ by Kathleen Roe, Society of American Archivists (2019), especially Chapters 3 to 6. You can purchase ‘Advocacy and awareness for archivists’ as an e-book from the Society of American Archivists.