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Education: SGA Workshops and Continuing Education Opportunities


The Society of Georgia Archivists is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members as well as archivists around the region. SGA typically sponsors an annual workshop in the spring or summer and another in the fall in conjunction with the SGA Annual Meeting. For more information about the work of the Education Committee, please contact chair Becky Sherman at

2021 pre-conference workshop - Copyright, our problematic friend: Problems with copyright and what you can do about them

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM (EST)

Virtual workshop on Zoom

Registration: $25

Archivists are often concerned about what copyright and fair use allow them to do. While this is a relevant question, a better one might be what’s wrong with copyright that it generates so much concern and fear. Modern US copyright is about maximizing control for right holders and encouraging the need for idea generation while discouraging sharing and criticism. This workshop will discuss the nature of modern copyright law and how archives can encourage new approaches to sharing information within that law. Topics include problematic approaches to acquiring rights, sharing rights with donors, liberally applying fair use, arguments to use with risk averse council, and generally how to work with the problematic nature of modern US Copyright Law.


Joshua Kitchens is the Director of the Clayton State Archival Studies program. Josh teaches a variety of courses at Clayton State that cover archival topics including Digital Preservation, Law and Ethics, Appraisal, and various special topics courses. Currently, Josh is researching appraisal practices and representation/access to archival collections and public records.

Josh previously served as an Archivist for Special Collections at the Georgia College Ina Dillard Russell Library. There he was responsible for digital collections, the library’s institutional repository known as the Knowledge Box and university archives. He holds a BA in history from Georgia College and an MA in Applied History from George Mason University, and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University. Joshua is currently working on a Ph.D. in public history at Georgia State University.

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Questions: Please contact Leah Lefkowitz, Chair, SGA Education Committee, at

Visit our History section for a listing of past workshops.

View SGA's Scholarships page for funding opportunities for various continuing education activities, such as SGA workshops, the SGA Annual Meeting, the SAA Annual Meeting, and the Georgia Archives Institute.

Another great way to get involved with professional development is to participate in SGA's Mentoring Program.


Interested in pursuing a career in archives and records management?

Read So You Want to be an Archivist? An Overview of the Archives Profession

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