The Kentucky Library & Archives in coordination with the Council of State Archivists have declared today the first Electronic Records Day. At WKU faculty, staff and students are creating records on computers every day.
Electronic records are wonderful. They can be shared through email, thumb drives, or on computer servers. They can enable greater collaboration in research at increased speed. Some contain confidential information that need special protection.
The WKU Records Management program identifies permanent and non-permanent records created by faculty and staff. We also assist departments in the maintenance and preservation of those records in all formats. In addition, we provide guidelines for the proper destruction of non-permanent records.
WKU Archives is working to capture and store permanent electronic records that have historic and administrative value in order to make them available to researchers for generations to come. One avenue is through TopScholar, WKU’s institutional repository. Here you will find departmental and administrative electronic records that document decisions of administrators and campus activities.