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Foster leading statewide development of information management standards

Chris Foster_records managementChris Foster, left, director of institutional records management is leading statewide efforts towards the development of standards and best practices for the development and administration of records and information management operations for Texas universities and colleges.

As part of an initiative of the State of Texas Records Management Interagency Coordinating Council (RMICC), the University Records Management Committee has been charged with assessing current records management programs at Texas higher education institutions and developing a model higher education records management program.

The group’s work will be presented to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as a resource for all records management officers within Texas’ higher education. 

“Our goal is to develop standards that any higher education institution can use to develop a records management program or enhance an existing program," said Foster. 

Cathy Hartman, associate dean of UNT Libraries, is a member of the council. Hartman, who represents Texas universities, said, “Chris is working with RMICC to lead the effort to improve records management in Texas universities. His leadership to move this effort forward reflects well on UNT and is greatly appreciated by RMICC members."

Institutional Records Management logoThe Institutional Records Management Program serves the UNT System, UNT and UNT Dallas and has developed a multi-phased approach for implementing records and information management across the institutions. Phases include identifying and training Records Management Representatives and working with units to develop Records Management Action Plans.  The program has received commendation from multiple Texas state agencies for its development of unique university records retention schedules using the Drupal content management system.

Foster indicated that the initial concept for the RMICC University Records Management Committee came about after other state agencies and universities contacted his office to discuss the records management processes at UNT. “It only makes sense that we, as information management professionals in higher education can work together to develop a first class model that any organization can take advantage of," said Foster.

Posted on: Tue 07 June 2011

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