Before engaging in any new records management processes, you, your office, or your organization may want to begin with a self assessment to better understand your existing records management processes and needs. Conducting a self assessment can reveal questions or challenges that the University Archivist or other sections in this guide may be able to help you address. Answering the following questions, (adapted from the University of Maryland Libraries research guide on Managing Records), can help you get started. This self assessment should be performed periodically, ideally at regular intervals (e.g. every five years), as the answers to these questions will shift over time.