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Archives Month: Web Archive (WARC) File Format

It’s October, which means that it is once again time to celebrate American Archives Month! Throughout this month, the records management assistance unit will be taking a closer look into multidisciplinary issues that require input from both records managers and archivists—collaboration between these two professions is the key to solving many RIM-related obstacles. First on…

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Information Governance and the Records Lifecycle

When we talk about records management on this blog, we often use the “R.I.M.” or “RIM” acronym as a shorthand way to refer to the “records and information management” field. Records management (RM) is no longer a siloed discipline; RIM practitioners need to manage records within the entire information landscape of their organizations. Beyond the…

Remarkable Records

Remarkable Records: Wildlife Edition

A common icebreaker question among records professionals is, “What is your favorite record series?” While we all have our own “favorites,” the twelve local government retention schedules include several series one might call “remarkable,” including this one: PW5550-03c WILDLIFE RECORDS Necropsy reports on dead marine mammals.   3 years. By regulation – 9 CFR 3.110(g). Located…

Creating Records At Home, Part III: Various Devices

Previously, we discussed Creating Records at Home, Part I: Microsoft Teams and Part 2: Zoom. In this article, we’re going to discuss the hypothetical situation of a records manager’s worst nightmare come true: employees creating records outside of the office’s network. A best practice for efficient managers is to analyze hypothetical risk to know how…