Opportunity to Join the RMS Steering Committee – Self-Nominations Encouraged!

Are you seeking an opportunity to expand your network and get further involved in the records management community? If so, come join the RMS Steering Committee! Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for one of these positions:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
  • Steering Committee (3-year term)
  • Steering Committee (3-year term)
  • Steering Committee (2-year term)
  • Steering Committee (1-year term)
  • Steering Committee (1-year term)

Candidates must be members of SAA and this Section at the time of nomination. We encourage candidates of all experience levels and institution types to nominate. 

If interested, please submit a brief biography and candidate statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing your interest in serving on the Steering Committee by Monday, May 30, 2022.  You can submit your interest, along with any questions, to: Krista Oldham, Chair – koldham@tamu.edu


RIM Education Coffee Chat with SAA Committee on Education- May 12, 1pm ET

SAA’s Records Management Section is hosting a coffee chat May 12th from 1-2pm ET to discuss records and information management education. 

I began working on this topic several years ago when I was chair of the RMS, and we submitted a proposal to SAA Education for a new certificate program.  Somehow a global pandemic seems to have slowed the process.  We did hold an earlier coffee chat to gather some ideas about the state of RIM education and have used that information to begin crafting a business plan to submit to SAA Council.  Now there’s a working group in the Committee on Education that’s trying to polish the proposal, and we need to hear from the RIM community again.  So please join us on May 12th for a virtual coffee chat.  Please register in advance for this meeting: tamu.zoom.us/meeting/register/….  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here are some questions we’d like to pose:
What concepts and skills are most pertinent to your work?
What courses are most needed?
Where do you currently get applicable training?
What is missing from current SAA course offerings?
Does anyone have particular expertise you could share in a course?
Would you be interested in pursuing an RIM certificate, or are one-off courses sufficient for your purposes?
What could you afford to pay for a course? (can be different answers for asynchronous, live virtual, in person)
What methods do you recommend to evaluate RIM competency? 
Do you think a comprehensive exam would be important for establishing the merit of an SAA certificate?

How does RIM fit within SAA’s strategic plan?

We hope to have a robust discussion with many of you next week.  If you are unable to attend this session but have some feedback that could be useful to our process, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Courtney Bailey, cbaileymsls@earthlink.net
Chair, Regional Archival Associations Consortium
NC Administrative Office of the Courts

2022 SAA Records Management Section Virtual Colloquium, April 25th 1-3 EST!


The SAA Records Management Section invites you to attend our free (!) RIM month virtual colloquium highlighting records and information management issues. Mark your calendars for April 25th, 2022 1pm-3pm EST.

We will have 3 wonderful presenters share their work in lighting round fashion!  30 minutes will be allocated for discussion and questions following the presentations. 

All are welcome to attend. 

Full schedule


Alston Cobourn, University Archivist,  East Carolina University, Amy Bright, University Records Manager, East Carolina University

Resolving Records Management Challenges through Educational Outreach

We will present on the challenges we face regarding records management responsibilities on our campus. Our presentation will include the educational outreach efforts we are undertaking to address these challenges and improve employees’ understanding of their legal and ethical obligations. Additionally, we will discuss our attempts to seek cooperation from administration in incorporating the capstone approach to email.

Cara DeSimone, Archives Technician, NPS Southeast Archeological Center

Shovel to Shelf: Government Records in Federal Archeology

This lightning talk will introduce attendees to governmental archeology projects and highlight some of the challenges and adventures in handling this unique category of materials. Specific topics include a brief overview of federal archeological projects (“shovel to shelf”); a look at applicable regulations and legislature; and the active interplay of records and archives in this complex field.

Curtis J. Hill, University Records Management Officer at Penn State University 

Building a Collaborative Records Management Program

My presentation will be an overview of strategies and experiences that were successful in building a collaborative and effective RM Program. It will also include examples of shortcomings and opportunities to learn from those. The focus will be program & team building, collaboration with peers /subject matter experts, and then stakeholders development. I’ll use examples of projects with IT & Archives, as well as team building opportunities & internal RM initiatives. Lastly, I’ll briefly explain how to engage stakeholders for records management, especially during leadership transitions.