Today we present Kurt Brenneman from the Government Records Section.
Tell us about your job.
One of seven Records Management Analysts, we assist state agencies and local governments with compliance with the public records laws of the State of North Carolina. We develop records retention and disposition schedules, present workshops, receive local government minutes for microfilming, and consult with government officials on records management issues.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on records retention and disposition schedule updating with state agencies; assisting the City of Charlotte with the microfilming of its digital minutes; and presenting a workshop on management of public records to state agency staff.
How long have you worked here?
Describe your educational or career background prior to working here.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the consultative aspect of the job. We are a resource for state and local government officials and they often pose fascinating questions. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues to arrive at answers to those questions!
What skills or traits do you think are needed to be successful at your job?
Attention to detail, technology, patience, interest in state and local government, collaboration, logical thinking.
Is there an aspect of your job that you never thought you would end up doing?
Legal research, legal reading, and having to think about how statutes and regulations affect records management.
What work-related accomplishment are you most proud of?
Presentation of our workshops to local government officials across the state.
Do you have a favorite set of records?
Electronic minutes are fascinating because of the necessity of permanent preservation.
What’s the most interesting reference question you’ve been asked?
While working in the Search Room, a client requested any court records about a bank robber who was very active in western North Carolina in the early 20th century.
What would you want people to know about our collections or services that may not be widely known?
I would like more North Carolina municipalities, particularly small towns, to be frequent users of our services.