American Heritage Center
Records management is a systematic plan for creating, organizing, using, disposing, and preserving records. It ensures that information is available quickly and efficiently. It encompasses all records regardless of media format. Deciding which records have permanent value, and should be retained, and which records have temporary value, and should be eventually destroyed, is the primary goal in a records management program.
The University of Wyoming and its records are governed by three Wyoming Statutes:
- Wyoming Statute 9-2-401 (a) (v) defines "public record" to include the original and all copies of any paper, correspondence, form, etc., or other document, regardless of physical form or characteristics, which have been made or received in transacting public businesses by the state, a political sub-division, or an agency of the state.
- Wyoming Statute 9-2-409: "Each department or agency of the state government shall designate a records officer who shall supervise the departmental records program and who shall represent the office in all departmental matters before the records committee. The records officer and the director shall prepare transfer schedules for the transfer of public records to the records centers or to the archives.
- Wyoming Statute 9-2-410: "All public records are property of the state. They shall be delivered by outgoing officials and employees to their successors and shall be preserved, stored, transferred, destroyed or disposed of, and otherwise managed, only in accordance with Wyoming Statue 9-2-405 through 9-2-413."
Why Use A Records Management Program?
Through records management, units within the University can:
- Help control the amount of storage and length of time records are kept.
- Provide orderly and systematic destruction of records consistent with administrative, legal, fiscal, and historical requirements.
- Reduce costs associated with the storage of active and inactive records.
- Improve efficiency of retrieval.
- Identify and preserve records of permanent value, saving UW’s institutional memory.
- Ensure protection of valuable records against deterioration or destruction.