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Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives

Management Skills for Archivists and Records Managers



This book introduces the range of management skills employed by records managers and archivists, and shows how they may be applied, adding value both in terms of personal professional development and in the organizational benefits of service delivery, excellence, accountability and transparency in both large and small archive and records management units. Written by established authors in the field, this handbook of practical advice is underpinned with current thinking and theory, and draws on experience of teaching management skills to graduate archivists and records managers and on practical professional experience. Each chapter deals with a key aspect of archive and records management, illustrated by case studies and examples. Throughout, the book provides a clear conceptual framework, but ensures that this is translated into practical terms to enable the reader to make use of the knowledge in their work. The chapters are: • identifying management skills for archivists and records managers • taking the long term view: corporate and strategic planning • managing projects successfully • managing money and other resources • managing people • providing accountability: performance measurement • advocating for archives and records management • developing personal management skills. Readership: This book is a key resource for records managers and archivists working in any sector, especially those at the start of their careers and those moving into positions of management who wish to refresh their skills. It is also of great value to graduate students of archives and records management, and to all information professionals studying for management.
1. Identifying management skills for archivists and records managers 2. Taking the long term view: corporate and strategic planning 3. Managing projects successfully 4. Managing money and other resources 5. Managing people 6. Providing accountability: performance measurement 7. Advocating for archives and records management 7. Developing personal management skills.

Louise Ray is an Archivist and Records Manager with a twenty year career in the UK archives sector; working across sectors and as a practitioner, teacher, policy maker, adviser and consultant. She is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at University College London and a Registered Member of the Archives & Records Association.

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