As part of yesterday’s national Twitter event among archivists to celebrate Explore Your Archives by tweeting their typical day, I decided that mine would take the form of a blog post. Thus a run-down of my day as Archivist and Records Manager here at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists!
8am – in early to deal with some secure disposals of confidential material resulting from this month’s review of semi-current records. Picked up record (for us) amount of emails resulting from yesterday’s television appearance for Explore Your Archives – at least one being an offer of a donation for the RCM archive.
8.30am – all staff email sent following up clearing up the College shared drive, this time asking staff to delete duplicate and draft files as well as look out for images.
9am – appraisal of boxes of semi-current records
9.30am – guided reader through archive catalogue and discussed possible avenues of research
10am – meeting with staff member to give advice about retention of records, in particular taking responsibility for deleting own digital records at end of retention period.
10.45am – talk with volunteer about contributing her experiences to blog
11am – tweeted link to 1WW blog post from August in time for 2 minute silence.
11.02am – continued appraisal of boxes
11.30am to midday – answered emails with enquiries, offers of material etc.
12.30pm – pulled together records management advice and policies for external but affiliated organisation.
1pm – 4pm – on library enquiry desk, but no archive readers in this afternoon so assisting with general library enquiries.
1pm – completed paperwork required in response to a reproduction request from one of the College’s guidelines.
1.30pm – clear up inbox!!!
2pm – cataloguing of President’s papers, 1970s – bringing legacy catalogue entries on Adlib up to ISAD(G) and also looking out for any stories during the process.
4pm – return all items to store.
Look out for more posts to the blog this week as part of Explore Your Archives week!