Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, April

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Paving the Way of the Future in R&D
Managing intellectual property records electronically can be a daunting task. For organizations that are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others, moving into the nebulous world of electronic...
Federal E-Mail Management: A Records Manager's View of Armstrong V. Executive Office of the President and Its Aftermath
Journalists who report on current U.S. foreign policies face many challenges in gathering information from official government sources. Diplomacy, secrecy, and closely guarded military policy entangle much of the record left by government employees....
Introduction
With a population of almost 1.2 billion people, China (or the "PRC," as we will sometimes refer to it in this article) is the world's most populous nation. It is also one of the largest in terms of land area, being slightly larger than the United States....
Is the "Record Series" Concept Dead?
What would happen to the profession of records management if records could no longer be identified by classifying them into distinct "records series"? Would it be possible to schedule, retain, transfer, and dispose of records? Is it possible to even...
It Isn't Worth Your Time: A Critical Look at the Internet
The Internet revolution is upon us. As with most revolutions, however, the immediate benefits are somewhat elusive. In this article, the authors take a critical look at this most ubiquitous of information-handling tools and suggest that it is more of...
Reality Check - Lessons Learned after Implementation of an Electronic Imaging System
Planning for an electronic imaging system involves carefully defining your expectations of the intended system. Despite your best efforts, your expectations of a system do not always match the delivered product once it is up and running. At Pacific Northwest...
The Earliest Records Systems: A Journey in Professional History
Wisdom is with the ancient, and understanding in length of days. Job 12:12 For an occupation desiring respect, credibility, recognition, full professional status, and parity with other related fields (e.g., information systems), the records management...
The Freedom of Information Act
The various governmental entities of the United States collectively manage an enormous amount of information, much of it collected from private individuals or organizations. The purposes behind the collection and management of this information are varied:...
The Myth and Realities of Downsizing
The 21st century will arrive in less than three years. American workers are wondering how they will fare in the new century. They are asking such vexing questions as: How much obligation does business owe its workers? Does a company have any social responsibility...
The Records Manager Steps out of the Comfort Zone: The Problem with Selling Records Management
We records managers have become obsessed with the need to "sell records management" to our companies and organizations. We write endless "how to" articles to inspire each other in this endeavor. As an indication of our eagerness to market our program,...