The Price of Going Paperless

Despite the increasing amount of businesses using digital platforms, paper still exists in massive quantities in the records management world. The University Records Center here at Mason houses 12,500 boxes of paper records. In terms of the individual sheets of paper, some calculations estimate we have more than 30 million Continue Reading

Managing Records and Expectations: Questing for Your Own “Best Practices”

There is something to be said about managing expectations in a field where terms like “best practices” are thrown around in casual conversations at happy hour as often as in staff meetings. Best practices as a term doesn’t leave much in the way for wiggle room – either your records Continue Reading

No Rest in Relocation: The University Records Center Renovation

Moving is no simple task. Whether you’re moving into your first college apartment from your parents’ house, or moving across the country with your spouse in search of new opportunities and careers. Moving is especially difficult when you’ve got a lot of stuff – whether you need to downsize, rent Continue Reading

Get Rec’d: The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management

This post was written by Samara Carter, University Records Manager. “I have stuff for archiving.” The word archiving gets used interchangeably day in and day out by university offices wanting to submit records to University Archives or URM (University Records Management), both housed in Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Sometimes departments Continue Reading

Records and Information Management: What We Do With Student Records

Graduation season has come again! Most of the colleges here at Mason will be using the quiet months ahead to pack away the files of the spring graduates who have finished their academic career. For some offices, that means small hills of archival boxes packed against the wall until they Continue Reading