Records management is a systematic approach to handling records, paperwork, and information.

It views records in a “life-cycle” from their creation through their deposition. It aims to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of records maintenance, thus increasing productivity in local government operations.

  • How can a local government start a records management program?
  • What are the component parts of such a program and how are they related to each other?
  • What is the relationship of records management to an archives?

Disclaimer: The information in this leaflet is basically sound and certainly pertains to the historical collections any local government might be tripping over.  But the leaflet devotes only a thin paragraph on page 8 to “machine readable” records, and that term is long since eclipsed by the term “e-records.”

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