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Domesticating Information: Managing Documents Inside the Organization examines records and documents as complex business objects and explores the many different perspectives required for their management. Viewing documents as business objects requires a much different perspective from treating them as cultural artifacts, where preservation is the primary concern. When viewed as business objects, documents must be looked at in terms of integration with business processes, in defense of litigation subpoenas, or in the implementation of information technology. As a consequence, records managers are business analysts, and therefore are treated as such in this book. How information technology, the law, archives, and library & information science scholarship address and affect document and records management are all considered. Topics covered include: how to manage documents and records in any environment, hard copy vs. electronic documents, and how to create a foundation for managing records that addresses the needs of business and government. By addressing the needs of business and government, the needs of citizens, business web stakeholders, and archivists are also fully addressed.

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Editorial Reviews

Records and Information Management Report
Without question, this is one of the most interesting books ever written about records management, a welcome change from the usual how-to manual or technical report. It is a book that will find a welcome place in the graduate programs preparing individuals to work as archivists and records managers.
American Archivist
Choksy's tone, attitude, and arguments bring both renewed and needed this debate....a usefully articulated overview of the current state of the records management profession and the issues it informative book indeed.
Reference and Research Book News
Aimed at academics in library and information science, this text considers records management from the perspective of the needs of the organization and discusses how it differs from archives and library science. Following an overview of the history of records management, Choksy considers the importance of context for documents and records. Other topics include business processes in relation to records, and the value of information within the organization. Choksy teaches at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana U., Bloomington.
The American Archivist
Choksy's tone, attitude, and arguments bring both renewed and needed this debate....a usefully articulated overview of the current state of the records management profession and the issues it informative book indeed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810851900
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol E. B. Choksy is adjunct professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington and President-elect of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA). She also teaches courses at the Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis campus for SLIS. Among the courses she teaches are Records Management, Strategic Intelligence, Systems Analysis, Management, and Social Science Research.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Figures Part 2 Tables Part 3 Preface Part 4 Acknowledgments Part 5 Introduction Part 6 1 History of Records Management Part 7 2 The Context of Records Part 8 3 What is a Record? Part 9 4 What Records Do We Manage? Part 10 5 The Life Cycle: Business Processes in Relation to Records Part 11 6 Creating Value: Organizing Records Part 12 7 Conclusion: New Requirements for the Records Manager Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    The fundamental book on Information Management

    Brilliant, insightful, groundbreaking. This book provides very valuable and necessary analyses of the past, present, and future of information, data, and document control in electronic and paper forms. A MUST read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Timely Guidance

    Dr. Choksy provides real-world examples and practical guidance on the critical and often vexing problems of information management in the public and private sectors today, backed up with thorough references and citations. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    The Complete Guide

    This book is an erudite, comprehensive, concise overview of the subject. It should be read and followed by records managers, attorneys, and scholars. It is simply the best work available.

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