ARMA Records Management Quarterly

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, January

Bringing Ethics to Life: Case Study Method and ARMA Internat
What I hear, I forget.What I see, I remember.What I do, I learn.Chinese ProverbWhile most people find them stimulating, discussions of professional ethics sometimes seem a bit abstract. This "Perspectives" column provides a tested method for considering...
Disguised Office Saboteurs
During the early stage of industrialization, the workplace was often the site of irrational violence from anti-industrial "Luddites," named after the English textile workers who first attacked the machines that were replacing them. These displaced artisans...
Do You Really Need a Pentium?
Many personal computer users are now experiencing another technology shock as the current offerings of computer vendors incorporate new computer chips that promise another "quantum leap" in processing power. The commercial trade computing press is full...
Electronic Imaging 101 Part IV - Indexing, Compression and S
An accurate index to all the documents stored in an electronic imaging system must be established to facilitate selecting and retrieving for viewing and copying purposes. The design of the index is very important, not only because it is the key to finding...
Everything You Wanted to Know about 'Bar Coding' but Were Af
Everyone knows what bar coding is, right? It is simply an automated method of collecting and reading data by scanning a symbol comprised of bars and spaces. The use/trend of using bar coding has entered more areas of transactional processing (and our...
Information Security: An Overview and Resource Guide for Inf
We live in what is called the "Information Economy," a term that conveys the idea that "society's wheels" no longer run chiefly on agricultural products or the manufacturing of goods but instead on the creation and dissemination of information.(1) All...
It Can Make You or Break You: The Importance of Records Mana
Many, perhaps most, disputes involving commercial entities entail the involvement of corporate records--even before litigation is initiated. Something as simple as a "slip and fall" case will implicate an organization's records virtually from the moment...
Legal and Operational Definitions of a Record
With the widespread use of information management technology--electronic mail, electronic data interchange, electronic imaging systems, computer output laser disk, object linking and embedding, and compound documents--it has become more difficult to...
The Degeneration of the Work of Man
Back in the Ice Age, around 30,000 B.C., people lived in tribal societies in which the principal occupations were hunting and gathering. The hunters hunted animals that varied in size from rabbit to wooly mammoth and the gatherers collected all manner...
The Registry: The World's Most Predominant Recordkeeping Sys
It is impossible to understand the international dimensions of records management without understanding registry filing systems. In previous columns, we have discussed this type of filing system, but our discussion has been in the context of how registries...
Writing for Results
We look upon ourselves as action people--interactive, assertive, dynamic professionals. There is a reason why records and information specialists are people of action. We work with the records wherever they are. The busiest location for records and information...