In recognition that advocacy is integral to AMIA’s mission, in 2018 the membership committee on advocacy was transitioned to the Advocacy Committee of the Board.
AMIA recognizes that advocacy is essential in supporting the preservation of our media heritage and in championing a multiplicity of voices in the historical record. The Advocacy Committee aligns with AMIA’s mission in supporting public and professional education in relation to the preservation and use of moving image media, and furthering professional communication and collaboration.
Working with members, committees, and the board, AMIA’s Advocacy Committee develops strategic recommendations and actions to further the interests of the field and represent those interests to the wider community, resource allocators, policy makers, and to the public. The Committee works to identify and promote opportunities to shape public perception and raise awareness of archives and archival professionals, explores ways that AMIA can be responsive to and advocate for the resources needed by archives and archival professionals; and suggests strategic collaborations and partnerships as methods of amplifying advocacy efforts.
Goals: 2018 – 2019
About the Advocacy Committee of the Membership (2009-2017).
A primary initial responsibility of the Advocacy Committee of the Board (ACOB) was to conduct a first-ever survey to gather information on advocacy concerns as they affect the moving image archive community. The report was developed using the qualitative information from respondents from the survey, but also from the open forum and roundtable discussions the AMIA Board and ACOB co-organized at AMIA 2018.
The goal of this report is to be a first step in dialogue around the need to develop strategic recommendations and actions to further the interests of the field and represent those interests to the wider cultural heritage community, resource allocators, policy makers, and the public.