Library and information science related experience

Employment

Public Records Administrator
District of Columbia Office of Public Records
Washington, DC
September 2015 to October 2020

Managed and directed all operational and administrative functions of the Office of Public Records:

  • Supervised a team of five full time employees, managed employee performance through annual evaluations and performance improvement plans, and adjusted assignments to support employees’ strengths.
  • Wrote position descriptions, interviewed, and hired for a newly created position and to fill a vacancy created by an internal promotion.
  • Increased the capacity of the Office by recruiting interns, students, and volunteers to complete projects.
  • Oversaw a major capital project to replace the heating and air conditioning systems in the archives and records center facility.
  • Contributed to the site selection and design processes for a new archives and records center facility.
  • Introduced data tracking to facilitate quarterly performance reports, identify trends in agency service usage, and track employee workloads.

Contributed to the mission-specific programs of the Office of Public Records:

  • Overcame structural barriers to achieve small but vital accomplishments to preserve archival holdings and minimize government waste.
  • Updated records management policies to improve office performance and interagency relationships without sacrificing agency compliance with records management laws.
  • Prepared proposed rules for retention of email.
  • Appraised government records for evidentiary, legal, fiscal and enduring value. Wrote, revised, and/or approved retention schedules for over thirty government agencies.
  • Reduced a decades-long backlog through processing, arrangement, and description of archives holdings.

Presentations

  • Government Records Management into the Future. NAGARA Winter Regional Forum 2020
  • Round and Round We Go: Moving Local Collections, DC History Conference, November 2019
  • Red Tape, Green Tape: Making Changes in a Bureaucracy, AASLH Annual Meeting, August 2019
  • My Favorite Mistake: Confessions of an Imperfect Archivist, CoSA-NAGARA-SAA 2018 Joint Annual Meeting
  • A Change Would Do You Good: Transforming Archives with CrossSector Perspectives, Midwest Archives Conference 2018 Annual Meeting
  • UELMA-Compliant Preservation: Questions and Answers? (lightning talk), National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program’s Digital Preservation 2014 Meeting
  • The Democratization of Legal Information, Catholic University of America’s 6th annual Bridging the Spectrum Symposium
  • Legislative Process and Legislative Histories in the District of Columbia, Legislative Research Special Interest SectionLaw Librarians’ Society of the District of Columbia, September 25, 2013

Publications

  • Katz, Rebecca (20187-2018) “A Law Librarian Walks into an Archives.” Law Library Lights: Vol. 61, page 19.
  • Katz, Rebecca; Harris, Kayla; and Huggard, Marcella (2018) “A Change Would Do You Good: Cross-Sector Perspectives,” MAC Newsletter: Vol. 46 : No. 2 , Article 14.
  • Contributing writer, Hack Library School. Selected HLS posts

Posters

  • Searching for Buried Treasure: Teaching Archival Research Skills to Archaeologists. Catholic University of America Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, 2018
  • Planning for DC Archives 2022. American Association of State and Local History Annual Meeting, 2016

Professional service

Council of State Archivists:

  • Board of Directors, August 2019-October 2020
  • Awards Committee, 2018-2020
  • Archives and Records Management Survey Committee, 2018, 2020
  • Bylaw Revision Committee, 2020

Open Government Advisory Group

  • Ex oficio member representing the Executive Office of the Mayor. Wrote procedures for Advisory Group activity.

DC History Conference

  • Planning Committee, 2016-2020
  • Submissions Subcommittee lead, 2017-2020

American Association of Law Libraries Government Documents Special Interest Section

  • Publications Committee, 2014-2015

Law Librarians’ Society of the District of Columbia

  • Access to Justice Committee, Chair and founder, 2014-2015

Certifications

Certified Records Manager, 2018-present

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