This month we are spotlighting Rosanne Ricks, a Human Resource Director with Utah’s Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM).
Rosanne has been a records officer for many years, though her “main” job is as an internal auditor. She is working on two major records projects at the moment: updating all of DHRM’s series-specific retention schedules, and creating a records management guide for DHRM employees. The ultimate goal for these projects is to see less confusion and more consistency across the department in the handling of state records.
Rosanne’s work on these projects requires a massive effort. She currently spends about one-third of her work time updating DHRM’s series, and she collaborates regularly with DHRM management, agency liability attorneys, and State Archives employees. When asked what she wishes she’d known when she started, she replied “a greater awareness of the types of records my own agency generates and maintains.”
We asked Rosanne what she’s learned throughout these projects, and what advice she’d give to other records officers. Here are her replies:
“Take advantage of all the great information and materials posted on the [State Archives] website for records management. They are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information.
“Collaboration is the only way to accomplish a project like this. Get everyone’s eyes to look at the project, as employees often have duties related to a task that others are not aware of.”
That’s good advice for everyone!
Thanks for all the hard work you do, Rosanne; we salute you!