n.a project of the Council of State Archivists designed to help state and territorial archives of the United State better manage the electronic records of their governments through training and the development of best practices and toolsCoSA 2018State Electronic Records Initiative ¶ CoSA launched the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) in 2011 to focus on improving management, preservation, and access to state and territorial government electronic records in all 56 states and territories. SERI received major funding from two federal government agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for parts of its SERI programming. CoSA’s SERI Steering Committee manages and oversees the work of the initiative, working with volunteers from state and territorial archives throughout the nation.Grotke et al. 2013In July 2011, CoSA launched the State Electronic Records Initiative, the first comprehensive national effort to improve electronic records preservation in state government, with initial funding provided through Library Services and Technology Act grants from Indiana and Kentucky. In Phase 1, each state archives and records management program completed a survey about their existing electronic records programs and participated in extended follow-up telephone interviews. Using this baseline data, CoSA established goals for additional SERI activities in four broad areas: ¶ • Education and training, to provide state archives staff with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required to collect, manage and preserve electronic records. ¶ • Awareness, to raise the level of support and knowledge of the electronic records issue among allied organizations and key stakeholders. ¶ • Governance, to integrate the electronic records management and archives requirements in decisions made during IT planning, procurement, systems development and operations. ¶ • Best practices and tools, to establish a resource center for electronic records standards, tools and policies and to develop pathways to success for strengthening archives and records management programs.Dionne 2013U.S. state government electronic records remain at risk. In 2011, the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) launched the State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) to strengthen electronic records management and preservation programs in states and territories. SERI focuses on four critical areas: education and training, awareness and advocacy, governance, and best practices and tools. The session speakers discussed strategies to enhance the capacity of state and territorial archives to meet the electronic records challenge.KDLA 2014As the co-chair of CoSA’s State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI), Shields provides insight and coordination for this large and important collaborative project that has far-reaching implications for electronic records and digital preservation in all state and territorial archives.