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International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

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An International Standard on Records Management: An Opportunity for Librarians

Johanna Gunnlaugsdottir1

1Department of Library and Information Sciences. University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Johanna Gunnlaugsdottir is Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of Iceland. Oddi v/Sturlugotu. IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland. Tel.: +354 525 4201. E-mail:

Citation Information: Libri. Volume 52, Issue 4, Pages 231–240, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: 10.1515/LIBR.2002.231, December 2007

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The first International Standard on Records Management – ISO 15489: 2001: Information and Documentation – Records Management and the accompanying guidelines on how to use and implement the standard were officially launched at the Annual Conference of ARMA International in October 2001. These two publications are a collection of best practices in the field of records management and should be welcomed by all those who are responsible for records management and all those who create and keep records. This article traces first the origin of the standard. The standard, which is wide in scope, covers records management in all organisations, large or small, public or private. It applies to records in any format and on any media. It offers guidance on the design and implementation of records management systems and is a benchmark for best practices in the field. The article discusses the benefits of records management, the principles of records management programmes, what is involved in the design and implementation of a records system and as the longest part of the standard and the guidelines is the discussion of records management processes and controls, the article devotes similarly much space to the discussion of these topics.

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