Explore Your Archives 2014: A Day in the Life of an Archivist

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!




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