Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower



Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Apr 19

Records and Information Management Month!

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 9:08 AM by Melissa Dalton

Last week, we discussed April being County Government Month, but did you know April is also Records and Information Management Month? Do you know what we mean by records and information management? How about a brief description! Records management is the systematic control of records throughout their life-cycle, from creation, receipt, maintenance, use, and disposition. As records managers, it is our job to preserve and protect records and information, while complying with federal and state laws, and classifying which records are of intrinsic and historical value, all while implementing policies that make records accessible to the public.

Something else that many may not think about is the actual definition of a record. This term, along with terms like “data” and “information”, can be ambiguous, but it is the role of records managers and archivists to define what a record is and how it should be maintained.

Last week a group of regional records managers and archivists, members of the Ohio County Archivists and Records Managers Association (CARMA), met for their Spring Meeting. The goal of CARMA is to create a space and professional network of archivists and records managers in Ohio to discuss various topics associated with county records. In particular, CARMA members discuss retention, storage, protection, preservation, and outreach in relation to their records. This is a wonderful group of people and a great opportunity for county employees (and even those who are not county employees, but those concerned with proper records management) to discuss common concerns and work together to find best practices in records management.

If you would like to learn more about records management and CARMA, I highly recommend you check out their latest brochure or check out their website.

CARMA logo (JPG)
CARMA logo (courtesy of CARMA)

Until Next Time!

Sources:
CARMA: https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/archives-library/state-archives/county-archivists-amp-records-managers-association
Society of American Archivists: https://www2.archivists.org/

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