My Experience at the NAGARA 2019 Winter Regional Forum
Attending the 2019 Winter Regional Forum was a fantastic experience! As the City Archivist for Huntington Beach, California, I try to learn as much as I can about the work of our records managers and the ever-growing role of our IT professionals. Beyond transitioning materials into the archives, it is also important for me to constantly work to improve public access to them. The well-planned and well-presented sessions and outstanding networking opportunities exceeded my expectations on all counts.
The sessions explored critical and timely topics. We began the day learning about risk and liability from non-compliance and how to mitigate that exposure. Next, we moved on to a discussion of the crucial role of information governance and strategies to implement it. After lunch, we gained insight into managing and defensibly purging emails. This was followed by a three-agency discussion of their own digitization journeys. Finally, inspired by all that I had already learned that day, I especially enjoyed the final session “Stop Talking and Start Doing” as panelists answered audience questions about how to work together outside our silos to solve the problems we face.
Attendees of the 2019 Winter Regional Forum in Lynnwood, WA
As the day progressed, so did opportunities for networking. Discussions about the sessions with others with various backgrounds, from many different kinds of agencies ranging from large to small, really enhanced the topics addressed. I learned a lot from their experiences, including new ways to approach issues I face every day.
It was also a great opportunity to meet with members of NAGARA's staff who happily answered questions about the organization. Warm and welcoming, they completely reinforced the value of membership including the LGARA certificate program. I will definitely pursue that goal!
Thanks so much for a great Forum! If you haven't attended a NAGARA Regional Forum yet, be sure to make it a priority! You'll be glad you did!
|| Kathie A. Schey, MA
City of Huntington Beach, CA