Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

The No-Nonsense Guide to Archives and Recordkeeping

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

The No-Nonsense Guide to Archives and Recordkeeping

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Crockett, Margaret. The No-Nonsense Guide to Archives and Recordkeeping. London, UK: Facet Publishing; 2016. 212 p. $115.00. ISBN: 978-1-85604-85552. V'

The opportunity to review this book could not have come at a better time for this reviewer. Upon the resignation of the university's records and archives manager who was under the direct reporting lines to the reviewer, he found himself in the unfamiliar territory of managing these two areas directly and needed a ''boot camp'' type immersion in the basics. Librarians are often asked for advice on records retention and management. While we may be masters of organizing published materials and manuscripts such as student capstones, we do not usually have formal training in records management or archives management.

This no-nonsense guide serves as a crash course in planning and managing the records that organizations of all types produce. Margaret Crockett is a professional records manager and archivist who consults in the field. The book was written for those without formal training who are working with records and archives. Crockett's discussion focuses on the technical aspects of records management in all formats (digital, print) from creation through the lifecycle to disposition and preservation in archives, and thus serves as a very useful introduction. The book is organized into five areas: concepts and theoretical underpinnings, current records, records management, archives management, and archives preservation. …

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