Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, January

Alphabetic Filing Rules - Fundamentals for Records Managers
We are living in a society in which information is a critical and essential resource that must be managed. We depend on information on a daily basis to make decisions about what to wear (temperature), the best routes to take to work (traffic control),...
Decoding the Bar Code
Bar codes are the printed black and white patterns that can be found on almost any packaged product. But if you think bar codes belong only in grocery stores, think again. Bar code technology came into active use in the early 1970s. Since then, applications...
Implementing a Corporate Records Management Program in Colombia, South America
Imagine ordering your file folders from a company that makes each folder by hand: a company that has an elevator made of ropes, a tire, and two by four planks! Imagine opening a folder of information valued at $10,000 to find the contents have been turned...
Records Management in Australia
Records management (as we know it today) originated in the United States during and after World War II, spread to many of the English speaking countries, and has developed as a management practice in several of these countries--including Australia. This...
Survival Skills for Information Professionals in the Decade of Turbulence
In an article written for the Wall St. Journal, well over two years ago by management professor and consultant Peter Drucker, the nineties were typified as the "Decade of Turbulence." Drucker pointed out that the rules of doing business were radically...
The ADA and Records Management
A new minority is etching into the American work force. Estimated at 43 million people, this minority is grouped under the label "disabled." The most noticeable use wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, braces, braille, or sign language. Of these, some 70...
The Law of Electronic Mail - the Impact of the White House Case on You!
NOTICE: This article contains information related to sensitive and important legal issues. No section of this article should be construed as providing legal advice. All legal decisions related to records and information management should be reviewed...
The Professional Association: Some Basics
Every man is like the company he is wont to keep. Euripides, Phoenix, ca. 425 B.C. A man is known by the company he organizes. Ambrose Bierce (1881-1911), The Devil's Dictionary In the development and advancement of any profession, including records...
The Wannabe Records Management Optimist (a Lesson from Voltaire) (the Many Faces of Records Management) (Column)
We records managers are known for our pessimistic point of view. We attend conferences devoted to planning for the worst imaginable contingencies. We participate in workshops on dealing with smoke and water damage. Every morning we look overhead at the...
Virtual Records and Virtual Archives
Will records management continue to be a profession in the twenty-first century or will advances in technology completely eliminate the need for "records" management as we know it today? The answer to such a question will depend on the ability of records...