National Archives Policy Analyst Jill Snyder

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 4 - 6 p.m., Bentley University, Morison Hall, Morison Boardroom #300, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Campus Map.

SPEAKER: Jill Snyder, Records Management Policy Analyst, National Archives and Records Administration

TOPIC: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a treasure of government historical records. While our Library of Congress harbors published books and other formats of content, the National Archives has specific responsibilities to govern and store records of our national governmental institutions work. The legacy of governmental and government employees’ work is collected according to acts and rules passed by Congress but NARA must ensure that agencies and civil servants understand and adhere to policies for contributing to the “Archives.” We will interview Jill Snyder at our September meeting to gain a better understanding of how her agency operates and their role with an increasing mountain of electronic government generated information. We will also explore the boundaries of NARA’s work and ask about how it relates to the “other” agencies’ responsibilities for gathering and storing working materials.

Additional Readings:

Luellig, Lorrie. What to do About Data Debris; Getting Rid of Data: Why It’s So Hard. Information management, 04/15/2013, 2p.

“At the 2012 Compliance, Governance and Oversight Counsel Summit (see sidebar below), a survey of corporate CIOs and general counsels revealed that typically 1 percent of corporate information is on litigation hold, 5 percent is in a records retention category and 25 percent has current business value. This means that approximately 69 percent of the data that most organizations keep has no legal, regulatory, privacy, security or business value.”

Ratha, David. Surveys continue to show weaknesses in federal records management. KMWorld, 09/01/2013, 3p.

“Flash forward to 2012, and NARA has completed its third such assessment. The report finds that “agencies still struggle to manage a voluminous amount of textual records while simultaneously facing the technological challenges of preserving records created and maintained in electronic format.”

BIOGRAPHY: Jill Snyder is a Records Management Policy Analyst at the National Archives and Records Administration, where she writes records management policy for Federal agencies.  She has over ten years of experience in the archives and records management field.  Ms. Snyder has taught records management at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and basic archives management at Salve Regina University.  Her interests lie in the management of electronic records and social media and the intersection of records, knowledge, and information management.  She is Vice President/President-Elect of the New England Archivists.  Ms. Snyder has a B.A. in Human Services from Northeastern University, and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

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