The first step in any records management program is the records inventory.

Without it, no well-informed and cost-ineffective decisions can be made about how long records ought to be kept and whether they should be stored, microfilmed, or destroyed.

Included in this technical leaflet are discussions of strategies for conducting an inventory in a local government setting, and practical advice on procedures, forms, and inventory data elements.

This leaflet is a companion to one on retention and disposition schedules in the same series.

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