Great responses - thanks for all your help! I gleaned parts from many of the
responses and responded to the CEO. Most importantly, I gave him
instructions on how his daughter could join this listserv and decide for
herself if she wants to take the plunge...
Todd Johnson, CRM, ermm
Analyst - Records & Information Management
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline
4700 Hwy 56
Owensboro, KY 42301
Direct: (270) 852-4512
On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM, Peter Kurilecz
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> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Patrick Cunningham <[log in to unmask]
> > She may really need to come over to the dark side and join us records
> > managers.
> > We're not elitists, the pay is often better, and we have chocolate (ok,
> > do in
> > my office). Feel free to point her to me as a fellow public historian who
> > has
> > evolved his role over time. As much as I enjoyed doing research in
> > and
> > making cool discoveries, I would have lost my mind talking to
> > and
> > processing collections had I stayed in that field. One of the fun things
> > about
> > records management as a recovering archivist is that you still get to
> > discovery
> > stuff of historical import and preserve it. It is a great asset to have
> > that
> > perspective and make appraisal decisions in the field. That's why I tend
> > like
> > people with archival training because they can better identify critical
> > historical records.
> I see it more as the "right side" rather than the "dark side". and don't
> forget that Records Management is at the front of the lifecycle while
> archives is at the tale end.
> I, too, have a MA in History plus a Certificate in Archival Administration
> from UTxArlington. I worked as a photographic archivist for 4 years in a
> public library where the genealogy section was separate from the Archives
> section. Enjoyable work, learned how a lot on how to exhibit design, etc,
> but lack of promotion opportunities, low pay (seems to be part and parcel
> archives work) and more led me to enter the realm of records management.
> Like Patrick mentions as a RM you get to discover, save and protect items
> historical import. Knowledge of the entire process gives one perspective.
> RM you have a greater opportunity to experience new technologies as well as
> greater mobility. In 30 years I've worked for 10 different organizations.
> Positions that sent me to places I never thought I would get to go to in my
> lifetime. Each position added to my knowledge set while expanding my
> During my undergraduategraduate school days people would I ask what I was
> going to do with it? Teach? didn't have a clue, but the degrees did teach
> how to research and analyze, to think critically and to write in a clear
> and concise manner. Wouldn't trade my experience for the world.
> Peter Kurilecz CRM CA
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