INF 389E - Introduction to Records Management
Systems for controlling recorded information in an organizational setting.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
Records Management is the "field of management responsible for the efficient and systematic control of the creation, receipt, maintenance, use and disposition of records" (ISO 15489-1:2001, clause 3.16). This course will provide an introduction to the principles and practices involved in managing records (both paper and electronic) in private and public sector organizations. The course is appropriate for anyone interested in a career in archives, records management, knowledge management, corporate librarianship, and/or digital curation.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
Articulate what records are (whether in paper or in
Understand and analyze why people, organizations, and
governments create and keep records
Understand and analyze the impact (practical, economic and
social) that records management has in organizational
environments and government settings
Identify traditional and emerging roles and responsibilities
of the records manager, and articulate the similarities and
differences between a records manager and other information
Understand and analyze the practical, legal, and ethical
issues involved in implementing a records management program
Understand and articulate policies and procedures for
managing active and inactive records (in paper and in electronic
Understand the tools and national and international standards
that enable records managers to carry out their job in a
competent and comprehensive manner.