Examination of the document life-cycle of the records of organizations: generation and control--filing, storage, and retrieval systems using various technologies; protection and disposition--retention regulations and practices. Discussion of how records management concepts and contexts differ from archives and library organization and retrieval systems.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the scope of records and information management and the role of the records manager in business or governmental organizations.
- Recognize the relationship of records management to other elements of information management, such as data processing, word processing, and telecommunications.
- Apply the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to the design and implementation of records management programs.
- Implement the principles of a records retention program, including the inventory process and retention schedule development.
- Plan and organize active records programs that include classification, retrieval, and control.
- Plan and organize inactive records programs.
- Plan and organize vital records protection programs.
- Recognize the application of micrographics and related technologies including electronic document imaging.
- Apply basic cost analysis, systems analysis, and problem solving techniques to records management functions.
- Understand the career opportunities in records management and comprehend the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of the records manager.