Archivists and Records Managers, part 6

The fourth chapter in T.R. Schellenberg’s Modern Archives: Principles & Techniques (first published in 1956) is entitled “Archival Interests in Records Management.”  He approached the topic from the viewpoint of public records and had this to say about the intersections between records management and archival records: “Public records are the grist of the archivist’s mill.  …

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Archivists and Records Managers, part 5

At the 1958 annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, LeRoy DuPuy read a paper entitled “Archivists and Records Managers – A Partnership.”  While acknowledging disagreements between the professionals, he asserted each could be made better through cooperation. “If this emphasis on differences is pursued with vigor, the entire profession will be the loser; …

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Archivists and Records Managers, part 3

At the 1942 annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, held in Richmond, Virginia, Philip C. Brooks read a paper entitled “Current Aspects of Records Administration: The Archivist’s Concern in Records Administration.”  Brooks served as the first secretary of SAA (1936-1942) and would later be president (1949-1951).  He worked at the National Archives.  He …

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Archivists and Records Managers, part 2

Last week, I looked at the presidential address of Wayne Grover in 1954.  He was succeeded as SAA President by Morris Radoff, state archivist of Maryland.  In his 1955 presidential address, Radoff also considered the tensions between archivists and the emerging field of records managers.  In reflection on professional education in particular, he concluded: “But …

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Archives Month in a Records Management World

Archives Month begins today.  In the survey of the Records Management Section membership that we conducted along with our election ballot in June, we received a number of comments from people who are interested in investigating the overlaps between archives and records management, so this seems like the right time to begin this process.  Although …

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Advocacy and Records Management

There is a school of thought that traditional records management is dead, a remnant of the past along with paper-based technologies. This is not entirely accurate. We know that records management continues to play, or has the potential to play, a vital role in the larger information governance framework. Defining information governance is rather difficult. …

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Building Out the MLIS: Beyond Records Management

One of my best friends is a proponent (albeit somewhat selectively) of radical honesty. Perhaps I’ve been spending too much time with him recently, but here goes: I have been contemplating a professional life beyond traditional records management. *RECORD SCRATCH*. Huh? Does he know what this blog is about? Don’t get me wrong – I …

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SAA/CoSA/NAGARA 2018 recap: Session 204

Scheduling the Ephemeral: Creating and Implementing Records Management Policy for Social Media Speakers Bethany Cron, “Creating Records Management Policy and Guidance for Federal Government Agencies” Kristen Albrittain, “Implementing Agency-wide Social Media Records Management Across 100+ Enterprise Accounts” Laura Larrimore, “Communications and Content Creator Perspective on Social Media Records Management” Link to the PowerPoint presentation with …

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