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Previewing the Program: AM Sessions

by on May 21, 2009


A week from now, RACO 2009 will be underway. We’ve already highlighted the keynote speaker Beth Noveck. But what can you expect from the rest of our program? Let’s take a more detailed look at the morning sessions.

First on the schedule is the welcome from fellow blogger Laurence Brewer. Laurence will open RACO 2009 and introduce our first speaker, Robin Riat from NARA’s Central Plains Region in Kansas City. Robin’s session is entitled What is Social Media? An Overview of Existing Tools and Technologies. This session will provide background information about the various tools and technologies that are loosely characterized as “web 2.0″ and demonstrate how these tools are used.  It is great way to introduce the theme of RACO 2009, Collaborating Across Boundaries: Goverment Records and Social Media.

Next on the program is the keynote address from Beth Noveck. After the keynote, I will take the stage along with my colleagues Jason Baron from NARA’s Office of General Counsel and Susan Sullivan from our Office of Modern Records Programs . This session is Records Management Implications of Implementing Social Media Tools. We will be discussing the records management challenges that agencies face when dealing with social media. We will highlight NARA’s exiting guidance as well as the Toolkit for Managing Electronic Records and talk about how these can be used to address those challenges.

Please feel free to leave any comments and questions that you may have below. We’ll pass them along to the speakers.


Comments

Susan Sullivan May 21, 2009 at 8:58 am

I urge everyone to explore the Toolkit by clicking on the link that Arian provided on his blog post, and to share your thoughts about the Toolkit on this BLOG. I look forward to seeing you all at RACO.

Lisa Haralampus May 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I’ve been thinking about social media and records management for a few months now and am looking forward to this RACO and timely discussion with my colleagues. Here are some of the questions I’ve been mulling over. 1) Has any agency considered writing a schedule Facebook or Twitter? 2) If Twitter went bankrupt tomorrow, and my agency’s unscheduled Tweets went down with it, would I have to file a Notice of Unauthorized Destruction of Records? 3) Anyone considering creating a “social media agency archive” to save the content for legal, historical value and, if so, have they explored the possiblity of cloud computing to do it? 4) How are agencies handling the blurring between personal and professional use? Sometimes its easy to tell the difference, sometimes its not. (i.e, I consider this post personal, even though the issues at hand are my agency’s issues) Does it matter?

Jennifer Yi May 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

Thank you so much for such a relevant conference! Coming out of it, I had the same question as Lisa above concerning the blurring of personal and professional, but don’t remember seeing this addressed at the conference. Could you address, maybe in the blog? Thanks!

Arian Ravanbakhsh June 1, 2009 at 8:33 am

Thank you everyone for the comments. We’ll certainly be keeping the blog active and these questions and comments will certainly be fodder for subsequent posts. Stay tuned.

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