Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, April

A Cost/benefit Analysis of the Records Management Program in the State of Texas
The Texas Government Code, Chapter 441, mandates the Records Management Division (RMD) of the Texas State Library to manage all state records with the cooperation of heads of state agencies who are in charge of the records. Although this law went into...
Adoption of What? Information Policy for Records of Adoption (of People) in the U.S
Adoption is the process by which parental privileges and responsibilities relating to a person (usually a minor) are legally transferred from one individual or set of parents to another individual or couple. This usually involves transfer from the woman...
CD-ROM Publishing
CD-ROM (Compact Disk-Read Only Memory) is an optical disk based information storage medium that is gaining increased use for publishing computer databases, vendor specifications, reference works, and other voluminous types of information each year. The...
Dance to the Music: Records Management and Litigation in Canada
One of the joys of being a lawyer is being able to collect cartoons, plaques, and humorous stories that are aimed to pierce the stuffiness and cynicism of the legal profession. They can be very accurate at times. In a corner of my desk resides what I...
Emmet Leahy: Patron Saint of Records Management?
Most professions--and some occupations--have a patron saint, a benign entity who is "adopted" by a field and who bears an informal responsibility for watching over its practitioners. The direct benefits of this relationship are sometimes illusive, but...
Establishing Retention Periods for Electronic Records
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...
Make Work
It has happened to anyone who has supervised an office function. We look up from our desk to see a stranger peering at us hesitantly. "Personnel told me to report to you for work this morning," he says. Sometimes the surprise results from Personnel having...
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...
Surviving Austerity
Whew, you thought to yourself a few months ago. The recession has bottomed-out. The latest wave of tough times is over--job and mortgage are still intact. Recovery is on its way. Happy times are right around the corner. You began to visualize the imaging...
The Management of Inactive Records
As the title for this column states, what follows is a discussion of inactive records management in the former Soviet Union--that great Eurasian empire that existed from 1917 to 1991 and that, despite many problems, achieved excellence in numerous fields...