On July 6-7, 2010, Sarah Jacobson and Angela Ossar presented the first-ever University Records Management Basics workshop. Held at the University of Texas at Arlington’s E.H. Hereford University Center, the workshop sought to address some of the particular challenges of managing records in the state university environment.
The class was attended by officials (Records Management Officers and other university archives and records management personnel) from seven state universities: Tarleton State University, Texas Southern University, the University of North Texas System, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas Pan-American, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. We were thrilled to see so many different campuses represented at the training. The workshop presented a great opportunity for networking among university records management personnel, and we were delighted to see these new connections being made.
The workshop included the new class “State University Records Retention Basics,” an adaptation of our standard State Records Laws and Retention Schedule Basics classes that took into account the special challenges of working in state universities. Universities’ archival records, for example, are collected, preserved, and made available through University Archives (most other state agencies’ records are transferred to the State Archives). Additionally, because of the size and complexity of university campuses, university RMOs must make special efforts towards communication and cooperation with departments.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Arlington, and sincerely thank Karen Phillips and David Prestianni of the UTA Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs for coordinating the training. (We will certainly be back to Arlington if for no other reason than to eat more hummus and shawarma at Prince Lebanese Grill!)
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