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Marcia Frank Peri
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Determining Current Practices for College and University Electronic Records Management Programs
Marcia Frank Peri is the archivist for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she is responsible for the University Archives, the collections of the Center for Biological Sciences Archives, and the manuscripts collections of prominent several photographers and science fiction writers. During her tenure at UMBC, she wrote the first UMBC Policy on Records Management and developed a streamlined system for ensuring the transfer of permanently valuable records to the archives. In addition, Ms. Peri has worked as a consultant to numerous biological science societies; helping them to develop records management protocols and to set up archives programs. She is a member of the graduate faculty at UMBC where she teaches a course on Archival Administration in the Public History Program and frequently acts as visiting lecturer to the College of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. She is currently involved in the development of an e-records policy for UMBC.
This session will discuss the goals, methods, and preliminary results of a NHPRC-funded project intended to document current e-records management initiatives and to propose possible best practices for the field. Data from a survey sent to 643 archivists and records managers will be reported. These data will provide a snapshot of where colleges and universities stand in their development of e-records policies and will serve as a basis for interviews with practitioners to gather further details.
The remainder of the session will be used to collect participant input regarding what categories of best practices would be most useful to archivists and records managers in helping them create policies and develop e-records programs. Participants will also be asked to prioritize these best practice to indicate which they believe would be most important in helping them meet institutional goals. This information will be used to structure the next phase of the study.