Archival Appraisal: Theory and Practice by Barbara Craig

By Barbara Craig

Assortment appraisal is an essential component of archival paintings and this exact specialist reference resource presents unique info at the most up-to-date options and suggestions within the face of the flood of data now dealing with details experts, documents managers, wisdom managers, and archivists. Archival Appraisal presents examples of: acquisition making plans strategies; acquisition rules; acquisition systems; appraisal standards and appraisal record kinds. it really is an outstanding advent to the topic and is obviously laid out, giving sound factors of thought and explaining the practices of archive appraisal. there's additionally a thesaurus of phrases with particular factors in their meanings. This paintings is a necessary reference paintings for somebody who has duties for files and their administration and use. due to its reader-friendly format, a variety of transparent examples and functional motives, this quantity deals an exceptional advent to the topic.

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In addition to line responsibilities for particular aspects of records making and keeping, the archivist may have an advisory or counselling role. The “counsellor” coaches others, advises on matters of principle and on process and procedures for making records in the business. In addition to the role of counsellor, the archivist may have a special responsibility as an auditor, focusing on efficient knowledge resource management and auditing units for compliance with rules and best practices for records.

The professional archivist is well suited by these interests to advise on appraisal and disposal to meet effectively proven needs for records and for building a useful corporate memory. The emphasis of this text is on appraisal as it is understood by archivists and as it is undertaken for archival purposes. However, an important qualification needs to be made at this point. No process is infallible: no rule-making will embrace fully the complexity and diversity of needs for records in the future whose purposes and questions cannot be known before hand.

In addition to the concerns about proper management from a legal point of view, recent examples of disasters, such as the devastating hurricanes and flood of the late 1990s, wars in the Balkans and terrorist actions, notably the World Trade Centre disaster in September 2001, underscore the practical value of taking precautions to ensure that a business has guarantees of continuity in its records should unexpected events pose a threat. In the event of disaster, or of alleged fraud, or a legal challenge, the rightful actions and behaviour of an organization – in short, its multiple accountabilities – are solidly proved in records.

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