Records Management Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, January

Avoiding a Records Management Nightmare
If you think about it, the people who should most likely be suffering from cumulative trauma disorder, low back pain, respiratory difficulty, and work-related stress are professional basketball players. The cumulative trauma would result from the constant...
Comparing Apples to Oranges: Methods for Evaluating and Selecting RM Software
Anyone contemplating purchasing records management software understands what an overwhelming task this can be. There are many records management software products on the market today, and more being developed every year. Trying to pick the right product...
Defining Electronic Records Management
After 25 years of what has amounted essentially to inaction, electronic records management finally appears to have been rediscovered. Thus far, it has become a serious issue only within US Government agencies, but this concern can be expected to spread...
Document Distribution: The Neglected Link in the Life Cycle of Records
In the beginning, records managers focused on the end - the disposition of documents no longer needed in active files. With the introduction of the "record life cycle," records managers began to pay attention to the creation, use, and active storage,...
High (Professional) Anxiety? Image and Status in Records Management
Most intelligent people recognize that ignoring serious medical, financial, or emotional problems won't make them "just go away"; action is needed. But judging by the lack of open discussion about image and status in records management, there seem to...
Legal Research for Records Managers
Authorities and writers often urge that information managers utilize adequate legal research, both for everyday management activities, and for the development and implementation of retention schedules. Unfortunately, the organization's lawyers may not...
Records Retention
In the previous edition of "The World of Records Management" we introduced readers to records management in the United Kingdom by outlining the historical developments that color the complexion of records management in this country. We continue our discussion...
Selling Information: What Records Managers Should Know
All organizations routinely create and accumulate documents in the course of carrying out their missions. Airlines generate flight manifests; insurance companies gather data about clients; governments collect information from taxpayers. Such documents...
Software for Surveys
Surveys seem to be everywhere. Unsolicited surveys arrive in the mail (both postal mail and electronic mail), are broadcast on television (as "viewer polls"), and even invade our personal homes as telephone intrusions ("Sir, we noticed that you have...
Successful Project Management
Project management has been going on since Fred Flintstone outlined his project plan to Mr. Slate, of Slate Rock & Gravel Company, for converting to a TyrannosaurusExcavator. Although project management has a history, only in recent years has it...
Working with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation
In October 1993, the Canadian province of British Columbia proclaimed its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOI), legislation which has been hailed as being among the best of its kind anywhere in the world. It is legislation which...

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