Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, July

A Computer System for Historical Radiological Documentation
A micrographics system incorporating a computer-assisted retrieval system database has been developed to preserve, maintain, and access over 40 years of historical documents associated with the radiation protection practices at the U.S. Department...
Buried Alive: Document Retention
Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.' Dr. Samuel Johnson Boswell's Life of Johnson (1791) Like guilt, fear is not one of our nobler emotions. It can, however, do absolute...
"But They're Volunteers"; Observations on Organizations
After listening to the 5 millionth lament from a leader of a volunteer organization about the problems of dealing with members, I decided it was time to express some long-repressed thoughts on the subject. I am, admittedly, no expert on the matter....
Color Coding Basics
Color coding is a method of using a particular color to represent a number, a word, or a group of words in a filing system. It is most frequently used with lateral or shelf filing since the ends of folders are visible in these types of systems. Color...
How to Raise Quality and Productivity While Cutting Costs
Records managers who want to prosper today have to know how to raise quality and productivity while cutting costs. All work is part of a process. To improve the process, new management approaches are needed (such as those of W. Edwards Deming). To...
Legality of Optical Disk: An Update
Optical disk technology may offer effective solutions to pressing information management problems. Organizations in both the public and private sector continue to explore the feasibility of adopting this technology to meet their own needs. Some...
The Delusion of Accountability
The term "public record" has often been confused with "public access to public records," and with some justification. In Britain, and in many other governments founded on the British tradition, public records" are not government records available to...
The Ins and Outs of Copy Machine Management
It was only two decades ago that copy machine management was added to the records management field. During that time the technology has changed drastically, providing corporations and office personnel with new convenience tools to do their work quicker...
The Saga of the Records Manager and the Renegade Procedures
In the twentieth century we have become painfully aware that the same modern technology which promises human fulfillment can easily escape man's control with extremely negative consequences. Examples are usually portrayed as renegade machines. But...