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Administering OrganizationAdministering Organization
Filing CentresFiling Centres (Registries)(...
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IntroductionIntroduction
• A registry is an information system established to
care for, organiz...
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IntroductionIntroduction
It is the heartbeat or nerve centre of the organization
as it control...
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Forms of registry systemsForms of registry systems
1. Centralized System
• Organizations can ei...
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Advantages of centralized registryAdvantages of centralized registry
i. Requires less storage s...
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Disadvantages of centralizedDisadvantages of centralized
registryregistry
i. Can be a security ...
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Decentralized registry systemDecentralized registry system
• A decentralized registry system is...
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Advantages of decentralizedAdvantages of decentralized
registryregistry
i. Speedier access for ...
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Disadvantages of DecentralizedDisadvantages of Decentralized
RegistryRegistry
• Not economical ...
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Types of registries within theseTypes of registries within these
systemssystems
•Personnel
•Sec...
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Personnel RegistryPersonnel Registry
• This is a registry that stores and controls
personnel fi...
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Accounts RegistryAccounts Registry
• A lot of records are generated particularly
records of acc...
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Secret RegistrySecret Registry
• This is a registry maintained for the purposes of
keeping clas...
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General RegistryGeneral Registry
• This registry is maintained for general records.
Examples of...
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Functions of A RegistryFunctions of A Registry
• Receiving and registering all incoming mail.
•...
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Functions of A RegistryFunctions of A Registry
a) Preparation of records retention schedules
b)...
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Registry responsibilities &Registry responsibilities &
activitiesactivities
• In order to opera...
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Registry responsibilities &Registry responsibilities &
activitiesactivities
• They involve ensu...
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Requirements in setting up a
registry
• Adequate staff: - in terms of quantity and quality
• Sp...
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Features of An Ideal RegistryFeatures of An Ideal Registry
a) Qualified and adequate staff
b) G...
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Indicators of poor registryIndicators of poor registry
managementmanagement
The most obvious a...
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Indicators of poor registryIndicators of poor registry
managementmanagement
i. Poor tracking sy...
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Indicators of poor registryIndicators of poor registry
managementmanagement
i. Poorly titled fi...
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Records PersonnelRecords Personnel
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Records PersonnelRecords Personnel
• The registry should not be the dumping ground for
officers...
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Records PersonnelRecords Personnel
• Records officers, assigned to do records work
should be:
i...
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Records PersonnelRecords Personnel
• The responsibility and authority of records
should be in t...
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Duties of Records ManagersDuties of Records Managers
i. Plans, develops and administers records...
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Registry SupervisorRegistry Supervisor
The Registry Supervisor
 is directly responsible to th...
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Registry ClerkRegistry Clerk
Receives, files the mail, looks after the custody of
registry fil...
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How does a registry clerkHow does a registry clerk
achieveachieve
his/her aimhis/her aim
• The ...
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Internal messengerial serviceInternal messengerial service
• Internal messengerial service is t...
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Internal messegerial serviceInternal messegerial service
• Emphasis should be on the following:...
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External messegerial serviceExternal messegerial service
Collection of mail
• Messengers should...
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Registry and Action OfficersRegistry and Action Officers
cooperationcooperation
• This cooperat...
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Registry and action officersRegistry and action officers
cooperationcooperation
• The registry ...
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Performance improvementPerformance improvement
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Performance improvementPerformance improvement
• Action Officers must act on files assigned to
...
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PerformancePerformance improvementimprovement
Such returns enable the Accounting
Officers/HOD ...
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Administering Organization Filing Centres (Registries)

Managing Physical file registries is both physically and intellectually demanding. In large organizations such government bodies, there is likely to be a structured way that files are expected to be organized and thus registries tend to have a more similar structure. Nevertheless, there are a great number of circumstances that the right way of doing things is not followed or not understood altogether.
This presentation aims at bringing home some of the critical issues that a professional registry officer ought to be aware of when working in a registry setup.

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Administering Organization Filing Centres (Registries)

  1. 1. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Administering OrganizationAdministering Organization Filing CentresFiling Centres (Registries)(Registries) Presented By: Solomon Kaminda, MSc IT (Bristol – UK), BSc IS (Records Management) Senior Consultant- Kenvision Techniks Ltd
  2. 2. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 IntroductionIntroduction • A registry is an information system established to care for, organize and quickly provides a good service by: • Promptly processing the days mail • Quickly retrieving requested files • Always knowing where its files are • Politely responding to all registry users • Always striving to do more for users
  3. 3. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 IntroductionIntroduction It is the heartbeat or nerve centre of the organization as it controls the incoming and outgoing mail To provide a good service registry staff must be: ◦ Alert ◦ Interested ◦ Efficient and especially ◦ Prompt ◦ Polite ◦ Positive
  4. 4. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Forms of registry systemsForms of registry systems 1. Centralized System • Organizations can either have centralized or decentralized registry systems. • A combination of the two systems is also found in large organizations. • Centralized registry system is whereby all records of a given organization are received, processed, distributed and stored at a single point.
  5. 5. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Advantages of centralized registryAdvantages of centralized registry i. Requires less storage space for the organization as a whole ii. Requires fewer staff to operate iii. Promotes uniformity in filing procedure iv. Provides effective supervision of records v. Develops specialization in staff in registry operations vi. Reference of related records of different department is convenient
  6. 6. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Disadvantages of centralizedDisadvantages of centralized registryregistry i. Can be a security risk to an organization a single calamity can destroy its records at an instance. ii. Not suitable when records are required urgently through a telephone or files may not be immediately accessible when required especially in large organizations. iii. Too many records may lead to problems of maintenance and organization. Location of the registry could be distant some departments. iv. Unsuitable for storing confidential records v. Registry staff may possess little departmental knowledge hence may not satisfy each departmental filing requirement.
  7. 7. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Decentralized registry systemDecentralized registry system • A decentralized registry system is whereby records of an organization are received, processed, distributed and stored (maintained) by the various departments. • Each department or a group of related departments manage their records. • A central coordinating unit must be put in place for purposes of establishing control of the incoming records and distributing them to the relevant departments.
  8. 8. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Advantages of decentralizedAdvantages of decentralized registryregistry i. Speedier access for the user – files are kept in their department ii. Complex material is more manageable (department are free to use the filing arrangement) best suitable to their needs. iii. Volume of records to manage is low iv. Fewer units will access each station
  9. 9. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Disadvantages of DecentralizedDisadvantages of Decentralized RegistryRegistry • Not economical in use of space, equipment and personnel • Becomes difficult to develop specialized personnel • Duplication of files is possible. • Wastage of time moving from one departmental registry to another for reference purposes.
  10. 10. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Types of registries within theseTypes of registries within these systemssystems •Personnel •Secret •General •Accounts •Technical, etc.
  11. 11. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Personnel RegistryPersonnel Registry • This is a registry that stores and controls personnel files. • The information contained in these files is confidential in nature on individuals working in that institution.
  12. 12. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Accounts RegistryAccounts Registry • A lot of records are generated particularly records of accounting nature in all organizations. • In order to ease accounting services and for quick action the organization may decide to set up an accounts registry. • Records kept and used will be accounts records such as ledgers, payrolls, payment vouchers, bank statements among others.
  13. 13. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Secret RegistrySecret Registry • This is a registry maintained for the purposes of keeping classified records that are of confidential nature. • Access is normally restricted as much as the confidentiality can permit.
  14. 14. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 General RegistryGeneral Registry • This registry is maintained for general records. Examples of General records: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  15. 15. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Functions of A RegistryFunctions of A Registry • Receiving and registering all incoming mail. • Dispatching and registering outgoing mail. • Controlling file movement i.e knows the whereabout of all files all the time. • Classifies and files records appropriately. • Weeding ephemeral records. • Preservation of valuable records.
  16. 16. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Functions of A RegistryFunctions of A Registry a) Preparation of records retention schedules b) Provide adequate security to records c) Gives advisory services on issues pertaining records keeping d) Supply and maintenance of records storage equipment e) Storage of organizations records
  17. 17. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Registry responsibilities &Registry responsibilities & activitiesactivities • In order to operate successfully, the registry should ensure that incoming and outgoing correspondence receives attention without delay. The registry staff must ensure that: i. All official correspondence is assigned to an appropriate file ii. That files are distributed to the appropriate action officers without delay iii. That required information is produced on an appropriate file as and when required. iv. That all files in use are recorded
  18. 18. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Registry responsibilities &Registry responsibilities & activitiesactivities • They involve ensuring that: i. All files not in current use are stored and maintained in such a manner as to ensure their legibility and preservation. ii. Internal and external messengerial service is available timeously iii. Any unnecessary record is periodically disposed of in accordance with prescribed procedures.
  19. 19. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Requirements in setting up a registry • Adequate staff: - in terms of quantity and quality • Space:– adequate for current and future accumulations • Location:– central for convenience of all users - secure • Equipment: – suitable for form of records - durable - compact • Funds • Records • Total commitment from top management
  20. 20. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Features of An Ideal RegistryFeatures of An Ideal Registry a) Qualified and adequate staff b) Good filing system c) No useless records retained d) Have a records retention disposition schedule e) Good location f) Adequate space g) Appropriate storage equipment h) Updated retrieval and control tools
  21. 21. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Indicators of poor registryIndicators of poor registry managementmanagement The most obvious and visible indication of a degenerate and inefficient registry are: i. Heaping of files and documents on top of tables, cabinets on the floor and even on the corridors. ii. Deployment in the registry of stall of low ability and academic achievement: iii. Loss and misplacement of files which necessitates wastage of staff time and efforts in unproductive searches for files and documents. iv. Un-procedural and uncontrolled opening of files by the registry staff and action officers leading to proliferation and duplication of files. v. High incidence of temporary files opened due to inability to locate the main files.
  22. 22. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Indicators of poor registryIndicators of poor registry managementmanagement i. Poor tracking system of files as a result of the failure to record outgoing and incoming files. ii. Decayed, obsolete and rarely revised file classification schemes characterized by dilapidation and existence of files on obsolete functions and activities iii. Existence of parallel ‘private’registries maintained by action officers as a result of loss of confidence in the efficiency of the registry. iv. Unwillingness of action officers to return files they frequently use to the registry for fear that the files may not be easily located when they need.
  23. 23. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Indicators of poor registryIndicators of poor registry managementmanagement i. Poorly titled files ii. Slowness in the provision of information and files by the registry iii. Misfiling of letters iv. Absence of security of files and documents, which leads to their loss and leakage of information. v. Ephemeral records mixed with important records vi. Huge bulky files, which are not closed when they mature for closing and vii. Lack of schedule of duties for registry personnel leading to conflict, confusion and negligence in the performance of duties.
  24. 24. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Records PersonnelRecords Personnel
  25. 25. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Records PersonnelRecords Personnel • The registry should not be the dumping ground for officers who have fallen out with the administration or those waiting to exit. • Inefficient staff will keep records inefficiently. • The attitude of management in many organizations is indifferent towards records keeping. As a result of this, the least experienced and least trained personnel find themselves assigned to do records work.
  26. 26. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Records PersonnelRecords Personnel • Records officers, assigned to do records work should be: i. trained in records work, ii. trained in records management and interested in working with records iii. have legible handwriting and iv. better than average memory and clerical skills. v. accurate, fast, alert and neat in their work habits. vi. polite and prompt.
  27. 27. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Records PersonnelRecords Personnel • The responsibility and authority of records should be in the hands of designated officer known as • Records Manager/Records and Information systems, Analyst, Records • Management Director etc. This is a senior level position.
  28. 28. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Duties of Records ManagersDuties of Records Managers i. Plans, develops and administers records management policies. ii. Regular Records Surveys iii. Recommends organizations, filing systems and procedures iv. Recommends storage equipment v. Participates in training of personnel vi. Evaluates staff reports vii. Review the need for new filing equipment viii. Identify vital records ix. Determine administrative retention periods of records.
  29. 29. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Registry SupervisorRegistry Supervisor The Registry Supervisor  is directly responsible to the senior administration officer.  spends time in the daily supervision of the registry.  ensures there is adequate protection and preservation of records.  ensures that records are accessible only to authorized users.  ensures that worthless records are disposed of in accordance with the specified procedures.
  30. 30. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Registry ClerkRegistry Clerk Receives, files the mail, looks after the custody of registry files, other records and items such as bulky reports, gazettes, stationery bring-up, diary etc. Sorts, indexes, files and retrieves all type of records. The clerks main responsibility though is to ensure proper record keeping and prompt retrieval of information, classifies materials and records. Transfers records and disposes records in accordance to retention schedule and under supervision. Avails any file, record or information for which she/he is responsible, immediately it is required.
  31. 31. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 How does a registry clerkHow does a registry clerk achieveachieve his/her aimhis/her aim • The clerk needs to: i. Learn everything he/she can about his particular filing and record system ii. Take pride in providing fast and effective service. iii. Develop methods to deal with every aspect of his/her work iv. Be a skilled supervisor v. Be a well thought out filling system that is so arranged as to make the understanding of it as easy as possible. vi. Be a Senior staff who understands Registry aims and who will co-operate to help Registry Staff attain them.
  32. 32. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Internal messengerial serviceInternal messengerial service • Internal messengerial service is the direct responsibility of the Registry. • Messengers are responsible for collection, sorting and distributing of all internal correspondence, files, publications etc. • Where a department or ministry has more than one messenger, it is advisable that they should be allocated duties to avoid backlogs. • In some departments messengers are assigned to sections. • Messengerial schedules should be allocated by the Registry Supervisor. • Internal messengerial services ensures that all mail, files and other documents awaiting distribution have been sorted in time.
  33. 33. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Internal messegerial serviceInternal messegerial service • Emphasis should be on the following: • Ensure that all files that are due for re-submitting on that day (B.U’s) are ready for delivery in the first run. • Sort mail for pigeon holes or to be personally distributed to individual offices. • Deliver to “IN” trays of A.O’s and collect from “OUT” trays. • Return to registry on completion of rounds and re-sort collected material. • Place all files in the Clerk’s tray for marking before sending to the next requesting officer.
  34. 34. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 External messegerial serviceExternal messegerial service Collection of mail • Messengers should collect postal mail at predetermined intervals, at the time set by the registry in accordance with post office sorting hours. • In most cases, mail is collected at the post office at stipulated times.
  35. 35. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Registry and Action OfficersRegistry and Action Officers cooperationcooperation • This cooperation is imperative. For the registry to perform at its best, the full cooperation of AO’s is necessary. • All file users must understand that they play a key role in determining the standard of service they will receive from the registry. • Hence all must cooperate in observing basic registry procedures.
  36. 36. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Registry and action officersRegistry and action officers cooperationcooperation • The registry staff on the other hand must also be fully aware of the practice, which they must follow in order to gain the confidence and cooperation of action officers. • The AO’s should have confidence in their Registry staff. • The Registry Clerk should ensure that their methods eliminate mistakes.
  37. 37. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Performance improvementPerformance improvement
  38. 38. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 Performance improvementPerformance improvement • Action Officers must act on files assigned to them within a period of two days. • In circumstances where an officer is unable to take action within the stipulated period, the files should be returned to the registry with a Bring Up date for resubmission. • Registry supervisors must prepare and submit monthly returns to the HODs on the following: • Total number of mail received • Number of files acted upon by Action Officers • Number of files with cases not acted upon during the month • Mail pending filing in the registry.
  39. 39. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 PerformancePerformance improvementimprovement Such returns enable the Accounting Officers/HOD monitor and evaluate the performance of action officers and registry personnel. HOD to support and enhance the role of the registries as the “nerve centre” of organizations through holding regular/monthly meetings and making frequent visits to registries to assess the working environment, working tools, staff performance.
  40. 40. ©KenvisionTechniksLtd,2015 THE ENDTHE END Thank you

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