RMS annual meeting teaser #3!

Our next teaser features our panelist Hillary Gatlin, Records Manager at Duke University!

Developing Proactive Outreach:

Duke University is restarting its records management program after years of dormancy. This lightning talk will discuss how the University Archives is working to develop and implement proactive outreach in order to expand the records management program and increase collecting opportunities. In 2019, Duke University Archives completed a survey of current collections to identify records gaps and implemented outreach strategies to proactively fill those gaps. Some of the challenges faced include expanding outreach beyond the library environment, developing a proactive strategy that was still responsive to unexpected requests, and managing contacts within an ever-shifting organization. Despite these challenges, the records management program is making significant strides in achieving a more proactive outreach and collecting strategy.

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2019-2020 RMS Steering Committee, part 2

There’s been one final shift in the make-up of this year’s steering committee for the Records Management Section — Ingi House will be completing the remainder of Holly Dolan’s term through August 2021.  Thanks to Ingi for her willingness to jump into this leadership position, and here’s a brief introduction:

Ingi House photoIngi House is originally from Kansas, where she got her B.A. in history from the University of Kansas and M.L.S. from Emporia State University. She moved to the East Coast and worked at the National Archives then at the Defense Acquisition University, where she became a Certified Archivist. Her continued enjoyment of military history led her to the West Coast to work for the U.S. Navy at the Seabee Museum. After a fulfilling two years there, she decided to expand on her reference and processing skills at the National Archives in San Francisco. After working on various collections there, she realized she missed the Department of Defense and their mission. She now works back at the Department of Defense in knowledge management, archiving, and digital collections.  In her spare time she writes and has published several poems in professional and literary journals.

2019-2020 Records Management Section Steering Committee

Jessika Drmacich is our new Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.  Jessika is Williams College’s Records Manager and Digital Resources Archivist.  This is her fourth year serving on the records management steering committee.  Based in Williamstown Massachusetts, Jessika leads the records management program and navigates records policies specific for small liberal arts colleges.  She also leads digital projects, digital preservation, and web archiving.  She greatly enjoys people and this is absolutely her favorite part of her work!

photo of Jessika DrmacichAs an information professional, Jessika views archives and records management as an essential way to actively promote bringing many voices to the table.  In addition to the administrative and academic units on campus, she works with student groups and activists on campus in order to preserve their records/histories using collaborative archiving techniques and unofficial records retention schedules. Preservation and archiving of student memes at Williams is one of her current projects.

With the College’s digital collections, Jessika is passionate about reformatting the wide array of materials and managing born-digital records in special collections and making them accessible.  In her upcoming terms as vice-chair and chair of the records management steering committee, she plans to develop a basic records management toolkit/zine on how to encourage digital disposition and transfer compliance for small institutions.

photo of David BrownDavid Brown is beginning a 3-year term on the steering committee.  David is the Archivist and Head of Records Management Services at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  He provides leadership on records and information management and ensures that the SEC follows federal laws regarding records creation, maintenance, and disposition  David deeply believes that the complete archivist is also a records manager.  This is David’s first year as an RMS steering committee member, and he looks forward to contributing to the section and promoting records management as essential for achieving archival goals.

Krista Oldham photoKrista Oldham is also beginning a 3-year term on the steering committee.  Krista is the University Archivist at Clemson University, where her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition, description, and preservation of University records, as well as supporting and promoting their use.  Additionally, Krista is responsible for assisting in developing and managing a comprehensive, institution-wide records management program.  She earned a M.I.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned both a M.A. in History and a B.A. in History from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  Prior to starting her position at Clemson, Krista worked at Haverford College as the College Archivist/Records Manager for Quaker and Special Collections and at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Special Collections as the Senior Archivist and the Senior Archives Manager.  In addition to her archival work, Krista served as Co-Director of the Arkansas Delta Oral History Project, an initiative led by the endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy.  She is a co-author of The Arkansas Delta Oral History Project: Culture, Place, and Authenticity, which was published in 2016 by Syracuse University Press.

These newly elected steering committee members join Elizabeth Carron, Holly Dolan, Hillary Gatlin, and Ivy West, who are continuing their terms.  You can find more information about them in last year’s post.  We all look forward to serving you in the coming year.