Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, October

Donald T. Barber (July 1, 1911 - July 11, 1991)
Don Barber started his career as an internal auditor for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where, towards the end of his twenty-one year service, he installed their new punch card accounting system. in 1954 he launched a consulting business to help...
Fields, Texts, and Images
Making informed decisions to select and implement new technologies requires some insight into the internal architectures of the systems being considered. One hears many claims about the value of "buying in" to new ways of performing business, yet it...
In Search of ... Records Management
Records management remains a multifaceted and rather elusive career choice and equally elusive scholastic option. Its curricula are diverse and dispersed across disciplines; degree programs have wide-ranging educational requirements. This situation...
Payne and Leyzorek Receive ARMA International Awards; Greater Topeka, Puget Sound, and Atlanta Are Chapters of the Year; GLA News & Views Best Newsletter
The 1991 Awards Committee, under the direction of David O. Stephens, CRM, presented Association Awards at the 36th Annual ARMA International Conference in Orlando, Florida, September 23-27, 1991. DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Marjorie...
Rationally Managing the Paper You Irrationally Decided to Keep Using: The Memoranda Problem
Although paper is no longer the "medium of rational choice" for most business applications, irrational motives have made it the medium overwhelmingly selected. But the rational business sense absent in the decision to use paper must be predominant...
Records Management for Everyone: Redefining and Revolutionizing the Field
It would come as no surprise to any records managers to hear that the field has a recognition problem. "Records management" is not a household word, and the subject is not one most manager begin their day thinking about. In fact, there are several...
Records Retention Guidelines: A Contrary View
Wouldn't it be nice if you could go to one source and look up the correct records retention periods for your records? Those who have grappled with difficult records retention decisions realize what a benefit this would be. No more legal research! No...
Spending Money to Save Money: The Limits and Potential of Cost Justification
Our understanding of what cost justification is determines the use we make of it, and how effective we are in presenting it. Special terms can help us visualize our project: levels and layers of savings, skill enhancement, and windows. Other variables...
The Need to Write Gone Wrong
Sometimes I wonder what kind of people we are working for, and just what it is we are trying to do. Aside from our interminable self justifications about "the three Es: efficiency, economy and effectiveness," about space saving, about improved retrieval,...
Turning Toys into Tools
The introduction of new technology into the business environment can cause a change in routines as well as players. To take you to a comfort zone between tyro and techno, the author looks at some basic issues in the imaging solution, including the...
Understanding Discovery: A Records Manager's Role in Litigation Support
In today's litigious society, records managers, as custodians of their company's records, are increasingly required to become more and more involved in litigation matters. Understanding just how litigation works and what the part is particularly in...