Conclusions

From August 2012 until May 2014, I worked towards my Master’s of Archives and Records Administration, an exclusively online program offered by the College of Library Sciences at San Jose State University, California. I was a member of a cohort, that was spread across the USA and Canada. Throughout the program, I learned about the best practices for Archives and Records Management, including disaster planning, risk mitigation, and data governance policies to comply with regulatory and legislative mandates.

My strengths lie in being able to see the big picture without losing track of the details, and visualizing how information and processes flow through and interact with a system. I have strong technical and writing skills, and a theoretical understanding of information governance. I am a team player, and learn very quickly. I am able to remain focused on long projects and actually enjoy repetitive tasks. 

In my final year at San Jose State University, I have completed two internships in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. My first was at the American Craft Council, where I described part of their digital collections using controlled vocabularies and a CONTENTdm database. My second internship was at TIES, a Minnesota software developer. I worked with the software division to verify and revise the existing records classification and schedule, and to provide the programmer with the “retention trigger” and the “metadata field” (the logic) for each record type, so that he could write a script to executes an action (notification to the responsible person at each school district to approve deletion or send to archives). These internships gave me practical experience in both archives and records management that was necessary to round out and complete my degree, which is a hybrid of information and archival sciences.

My background as a Career and Technical Education teacher and Customer Service Manager in the variable-print industry has afforded many opportunities to work with teams, reports, and projects, as well as provide support to different stakeholder groups. My Master’s program has prepared me to understand the legal and ethical principles involved in records management and the role they play in institutional compliance and risk management. I am ready to make the jump out of the classroom and into records management.

Please feel free to connect to me on LinkedIn.

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