Joan Yasui at the Oregon State Fair (1959)

Task Forces + Working Groups

Task Forces and Working Groups are ad hoc Committees established to work on a specific task or project for a defined period of time.

Task Forces

A Task Force is an ad hoc Committee of the Board. Task Forces are established to work on a defined task or activity with a stated term of 12 months (with extension possible).  Based on the activity or tasks, a Task Force may be extended by a vote of the Board.  A Task Force may have multiple projects, tasks or activities.

Local Television Task Force (2018-2024)

The AMIA Local TV Task Force was relaunched to identify, analyze, and provide recommended solutions for the significant gaps still remaining in the preservation and access of the United States’ local television archives.

The LTV Task Force has transitioned to the Channel US Project, fiscally sponsored by AMIA.


Continuing Education Advisory (CEA) Task Force (2018 – 2023)
The CEA Task Force is charged with both short-term and longer-term goals. The Task Force will recommend a strategic direction for AMIA’s online continuing education program. As part of this recommendation, the Task Force will work to identify training/educational needs within the field, summarize existing core competencies analysis and definitions, identify strategic collaborators or partners, and consider the merits of individual certification.

The CEA Task Force oversaw the development of AMIA’s online education program its recommendations led to the creation of the program manager to oversee the development of continuing education each year.

AMIA Pathways Fellowship Task Force (2019-2023)
The 2020 AMIA Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Pilot (ADIFP) Program was the result of collaborative work done by AMIA and the NFPB Diversity Task Force to assess and evaluate the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of audiovisual archiving. Those efforts have made clear that the profession needs to take major steps to become more equitable and inclusive and more representative of the communities it serves and the histories it shepherds. As a result, in 2020 the ADIFP Task Force sponsored six fellows from across the globe to participate in remote and in-person internships, professional development webinars, and a mentorship program.

In 2021, the Fellowship (now the AMIA Pathways Fellowship) was funded by IMLS for both a 2022 and 2023 cohort of Fellows. The Task Force oversaw first year of the Pathways Fellowship and leadership of the project has no transitioned to an Advisory Board.

Working Groups

A Working Group is an ad hoc Committee of the Membership where a collection of members come together to achieve a single, stated objective or project.  A working group might involve members from different committees or individual members collaborating on a project.  Unlike a Task Force, a Working Group is formed by individual members or committees and does not need a vote of the Board to be established, but does notify the Board of its charge/mission and the intended term (e.g. one year, six months, etc).

Community Archiving Workshop (CAW) Working Group

The CAW Working Group develops and delivers the Community Archiving Workshop each year at the annual AMIA conference.

Film Advocacy Working Group

Originally the Film Advocacy Task Force, the FATF Working Group advocates to continue to make movies on film, to project film, and to encourage the production and use of motion picture film worldwide.