ERIC Number: ED360991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Records Management Practices in Wisconsin.
Blue, Richard I.; Schramm, Robert M.
A 1990 survey of 68 records management operations in Wisconsin indicates current practices regarding records retention schedules, retention audits, use of computers, record destruction practices, and the effects of federal legislation on records management operations. The 1990 survey results are compared to similar surveys in the 1970s and 1980s. Results suggest that larger organizations have more stable records management programs than do small organizations and are more likely to have retention schedules. More large organizations have legal representation on retention schedule committees and are more likely to recycle discarded records. The trend over time is in the direction of greater control of records. Records managers appear to have greater responsibilities than in the past. The use of computers has been increasing over the past 15 years, and more than half of the respondents report some degree of computer use in-house. More research is needed to determine whether these trends are nationwide or confined to the Wisconsin area surveys. Eleven figures present study findings. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Archives, Automation, Comparative Analysis, Computer Oriented Programs, Federal Legislation, Information Storage, Mail Surveys, Office Management, Preservation, Professional Associations, Recordkeeping, Records Management, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Records Managers and Administrators, WI. Milwaukee Chapter.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin