Records Management in the Time of COVID-19

Join us at 2pm ET on Friday, May 21st for another in our series of virtual coffee chats — this one hosted by April Anderson-Zorn, University Archivist at Illinois State University, and Courtney Bailey, Records Analyst at the State Archives of North Carolina (SANC).  The past 14 months have changed many of our lives in a myriad of ways, and records haven’t escaped the impacts of these changes.  We’ll discuss some of the changes we’ve seen at our institutions, and I’m sharing here links to some resources developed at our institutions that can serve as discussion starters.  We’d love to dialogue with you about what’s changed for you — along with what you may continue doing in a new way even after COVID restrictions ease.  Here are some topics we’ll address:

  • When does a global pandemic affect the calculus of appraisal decisions?  SANC provided some general guidelines.
  • What about all these new records we’re generating that we’d never even heard of before 2020?  Do we have to retain Zoom recordings and symptom checklists and Teams chats?  SANC provided some guidance to various audiences, such as state agencies and universities.
  • How can you train records custodians when in-person visits are not possible?
  • How can you gather input on a schedule update from subject matter experts when you cannot convene a meeting in your conference room?
  • When wet ink signatures have always been required on schedule approvals and other authorizations, what do you do when many people are working from home?
  • How can you receive archival donations with COVID restrictions in place?
  • How can you facilitate the collection of digital records?

No registration is required for this event. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!