(Reprinted from the Summer 2014 Records Manager, because a wide audience on this is important. Please share this post, and if you’re at SAA already, please bring your thoughts to the Business Meeting on Friday. Thanks!)
It’s a bittersweet occasion for me—this is my last column as RMRT chair (though between Twitter, the RMRT blog, and other happenings for the newsletter, you likely haven’t heard the last of me!). All in all, it’s been a good run, I think. Though there are certainly a number of projects or potential projects that are not at the place I would have liked, we have made great strides in our education area. Between the collaboration with Lone Arrangers on the RM handbook, the Google Hangouts, the Schedule blog, and our upcoming RM basics webinar, I am extremely happy with how we have expanded our ability to help roundtable membership (and other interested parties) meet their records management resource needs.
Needless to say, none of this would have been even remotely possible without the herculean effort put in by the various iterations of the steering committee and you, the roundtable membership, to coordinate, facilitate, or manage these projects. “Thank you” seems to be a wholly inadequate phrase to express the extent of my gratitude, but for now it must suffice. And yet, as August 15th approaches, it occurs to me that I have been fortunate in another way as well—the composition of the steering committee has been remarkably consistent. Sure, pretty much the entire committee lineup is different from what it was in 2011, but the changes happened gradually, rather than having the entire committee turn over at once. Under our current bylaws, which provides for every officer and member of the steering committee to have 1-year terms, this slow change was anything but guaranteed.
As such, for what will probably be my last effort as RMRT chair, I undertook an effort to amend the bylaws in such a way to ensure that the efforts of today’s steering committee are not forgotten by the completely new steering committee of tomorrow. Just as we advise our own organizations to have vital records planning and continuity of operations, the changes that I am proposing will help our roundtable maintain its own continuity, and thus ensure that new members and officers have the experience of continuing members to draw upon. Besides the typographical and stylistic minor changes, the main changes to be voted on later this year are as follows: Continue reading