Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
KDLA’s Beth Shields Receives National Award

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 28, 2015  
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2015) - Beth Shields, Electronic Records Management Branch manager at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), is one of the 2015 recipients of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) President’s Award of Excellence.

CoSA honored the accomplishments and innovations of Shields and four other President’s Award recipients at the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators in Austin, Texas, July 21–25, 2015. Given at the discretion of the CoSA president, the Award of Excellence recognizes exemplary contributions to the organization.

CoSA President Sarah Koonts, state archivist of North Carolina, noted that Shields merited the award for her leadership in CoSA’s State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI), a program to improve electronic records and digital preservation work in all state and territorial archives.

“Since SERI started in 2011, Beth has been involved in all key SERI work from initial contact with the states and territories to the formation of the SERI steering committee and structure of the programming to the implementation of the self-assessment tool for measuring growth of our electronic records programs. She is the engine that keeps SERI running.”

Beth also received a 2013 CoSA President’s Award for contributions to the SERI project, and the prestigious Society of American Archivists Emerging Leader Award in 2014.

“Kentucky is very fortunate to benefit from Beth’s knowledge and skills, and it is very gratifying to see Beth recognized for her key contributions to the CoSA SERI program for the leadership and assistance that she provides to other state and territorial archives,” said Barbara Teague, Kentucky state archivist and records administrator, and Archives and Records Management Division director at KDLA.

In her position at KDLA, Shields manages the Commonwealth’s electronic records program and digital archives, working to ensure that Kentucky government records will be properly managed and preserved, regardless of format. Shields held a two-year internship at KDLA while she attended the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science before her graduation in 2004. She worked in reference at the Library of Virginia and in reference and oral history at the Kentucky Historical Society before returning to KDLA in a permanent staff position in 2009 to work with state and local government agencies on electronic records management.

KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained, and made accessible. For more information on KDLA resources, programs, and services, visit

For more information on CoSA, see For more information on CoSA’s SERI project and grant initiatives, see