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CANCELLED - Organizing the File Room Workshop

Many agencies keep too many records for longer than needed, making important information difficult and time-consuming to find. When an agency receives public records requests, a large backlog of disorganized records increases the risk that staff won’t be able to quickly find and provide all responsive records. 

Many agencies understand that they need to get their records in order but don’t know where to start. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to tackle the organize project in an efficient and manageable way. Attendees will practice developing a work plan, sorting records, and assigning retention, using real-life examples from their agency.

Enrollment limited to 30.  Please bring a randomly selected box of records from your agency to use for practice exercises. You will be working with staff from other agencies, so please DO NOT bring confidential records. We also recognize that this may be especially burdensome for anyone with lifting restrictions, anyone with highly sensitive records, or anyone who may be travelling a long distance to attend. If this is the case for you, please do not go to any great lengths to bring a box of records. For those of you who can, we would appreciate you bringing a second box to share so that all participants will have the chance to take part in the exercise. 
Date & Time Start:
10-21-2020 09:00 AM
Date & Time End:
10-21-2020 01:00 PM
City of Shoreline - Council Chambers
17500 Midvale Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133