Comma

The metamorphosis of the records manager

Comma (2013), 2013, (2), 59–72.

Abstract

There is a crisis happening regarding records management. Everything is changing: from our definitions and concepts to managing information in practice. One might even say that the records management professional himself will be subjected to a fundamental change. This article explores the new landscape of the records manager and the archivist. It highlights some developments in disciplines that are of fundamental interest to archivists and records managers: information governance, information management, information architecture and quality management. Records managers and archivists should be able to understand and master those disciplines. This may even result in new professions. This development is happening now and it is far too early to draw conclusions. It is clear however that this crisis must be met with a profound reflection on the new landscape. We might even have to find our inspiration in Information Philosophy, where ICT theory can meet archival theory.

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Smit, Frans