Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, October

A Missing Feature in Some Records Management Systems
Fred was feeling very pleased with himself. He stood up, collected into one pile the papers he had been studying which were strewn all over his desk and thrust them into his open attache case. Then, after getting a drink from the bar in the corner...
Beyond the Tools of Office Automation: Records Management as a Discipline
One of records managers' most enduring aspirations has been to be considered "professionals." Thus, ARMA officially identifies as "The Information Management Professionals." However, one might well ask, "What kind of 'professional' do we have in mind?"...
Cooperation in Information Management
The title "Information Manager" is usually applied in large corporations to the manager of-systems analysis _and programming for computer operations. This Information Manager has a large staff of systems personnel working under his control. This manager...
Data Protection in Europe
In 1973, the Swedish national government implemented the Data Protection Act, a law - the first of its kind in Europe - that had (and continues to have) far reaching effects on recordkeeping and records management in Europe. For more than 200 years,...
Don't "Sell" Records Management - Give It Away
How often have you walked into a seminar session entitled "Selling Records Management" and walked out afterward feeling like the architect who asked his contractor if the new building was finished? The contractor replied, "We have everything built...
Information Management and the Decisionmaker
Business and government information is normally stored in one or more of the following four mediums: (1) in someone's head, (2) on paper, (3) on microfilm, (4) in a computer. Peter Drucker has argued that the information in someone's head, or intuition,...
Libraries, Records Management, Data Processing: An Information Handling Field
The Paper Flood. Information Pollution. Paper Deluge. Information Overload. Lost Information. Information Explosion. In today's society, these phrases, incessantly repeated, are icons to which every article and text on information pays "duty homage."...
Long-Term Retention of Paper Originals: A Case Study
Since the advent of non-paper records, there has been a continuing controversy as to the merits of retaining a paper original after it has been reduced to some non-paper format. Originally, this controversy revolved around the relative merits of paper...
Our Professional Responsibility
Records managers can't understand why their programs are underfunded, limited in scope, and poorly positioned within their parent organizations. They can't understand why senior managers perceive records management as having little to do with the dynamic...
Reflections of a Founding Editor
Many factors contribute to the success of ARMA International, but the most important is its membership. The majority of ARMA's members are practitioners in the field of information management. These individuals support the information needs of management...
RMQ: The Next Generation
Becoming part of a new editorial direction for Records Management Quarterly (RMQ) is both exciting and intimidating. It is exhilarating to see those with diverse talents involved in moving RMQ toward a new level of quality and a new vision of excellence....
The Expanding Role of the Archivist
It has been said that the possession of a common language is the greatest barrier to understanding between Britain and America. The same can be said of all those who claim English as their native language or as the lingua franca of their country, whether...
Toward a Code of Ethics: Social Relevance and the Professionalization of Records Management
Being a "professional" must be a very desirable status since everyone today claims to be one. There are professional beauticians, professional carpet cleaners, professional roofing contractors, professional masseurs, professional dry cleaners, and...
Will Windows 98 Help Manage Electronic Records?
Information managers often make decisions regarding the use of applications software - such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases, or other working applications - for themselves, or assist their organizations' software buying decisions. The computer...