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ISBN 9781856049474
Published January 8, 2014 by Facet Publishing
192 Pages

 
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Book Description

This book explores how an understanding of organisational information culture provides the insight necessary for the development and promotion of sound recordkeeping practices.

It details an innovative framework for analysing and assessing information culture, and indicates how to use this knowledge to change behaviour and develop recordkeeping practices that are aligned with the specific characteristics of any workplace.

This framework addresses the widely recognised problem of improving organisation-wide compliance with a records management programme by tackling the different aspects that make up the organisations information culture.

Discussion of topics at each level of the framework includes strategies and guidelines for assessment, followed by suggestions for next steps: appropriate actions and strategies to influence behavioural change.

Key topics covered include:

The value accorded to records
Information preferences
Language considerations and regional technological infrastructure
Information-related competencies
Awareness of environmental requirements relating to records
Corporate information technology governance
Trust in recordkeeping systems.

Readership: Archivists, records managers and information technology specialists will find this an invaluable guide to improving their practice and solving the people problem of non-compliance with records management programmes. LIS students taking archives and records management modules will also benefit from the application of theory into practice. Records management and information management educators will find the ideas and approaches discussed in this book useful to add an information culture perspective to their curricula.

This book explores how an understanding of organisational information culture provides the insight necessary for the development and promotion of sound recordkeeping practices. It details an innovative framework for analysing and assessing information culture, and indicates how to use this knowledge to change behaviour and develop recordkeeping practices that are aligned with the specific characteristics of any workplace. This framework addresses the widely recognised problem of improving organisation-wide compliance with a records management programme by tackling the different aspects that make up the organisation’s information culture. Discussion of topics at each level of the framework includes strategies and guidelines for assessment, followed by suggestions for next steps: appropriate actions and strategies to influence behavioural change. Key topics covered include: background and context; the value accorded to records; information preferences; language considerations and regional technological infrastructure; information-related competencies; awareness of environmental requirements relating to records; corporate information technology governance; trust in recordkeeping systems; bringing it all together. Archivists, records managers and information technology specialists will find this an invaluable guide to improving their practice and solving the ‘people problem’ of non-compliance with records management programmes. LIS students taking archives and records management modules will also benefit from the application of theory into practice. Records management and information management educators will find the ideas and approaches discussed in this book useful to add an information culture perspective to their curricula.

Table of Contents

1. Background and context The concept of information culture Underlying theory The information culture assessment framework Why information culture? Summary and conclusions Notes References 2. The value accorded to records Cultural influences Attitudes and behaviours Records management infrastructure IT usage: The EDRMS challenge Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions Note References 3. Information preferences Words or pictures? Sharing information Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions References 4. Language considerations and regional technological infrastructure Language as a social fact Dealing with your organization’s broader technological context Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions Note References 5. Information-related competencies The training imperative Information-related competencies Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions References 6. Awareness of environmental requirements relating to records Researching recordkeeping requirements Other requirements How to do it Organizational policy Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions Notes References 7. Corporate information technology governance Information governance Information architecture Security Cloud computing Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions References 8. Trust in recordkeeping systems Trust and trustworthiness Audit Mistrust Ethical practice Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions References 9. Bringing it all together Soft systems methodology The genre approach Assessment techniques Next steps Summary and conclusions Note References

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