Record retention strategies have never been more important in this world of digital transformation, especially as so many employees are now working remotely. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Plan S Rights Retention Strategy, Copyright and the Academic Community – Part Two.”

Working remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic started as a temporary solution. Almost one year later, the majority of staff are still working at least part-time from home. What does this mean for records retention and archiving?

Personally, I have always been a record keeper. I had paper or digital files on every project I have ever worked on. At my current employer, that is 16 years worth of files. The legal department always appreciated knowing they could reach out for background information on various issues that arose. I am not so sure that our IT department were as happy as I have more than my fair share of files sitting on our storage drives and my laptop.

Interesting enough, I have been working at home for 345 continuous days and never needed one of those paper files.

Melody K. Smith

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