Using Functional Analysis In Archival Appraisal: A Practical And Effective Alternative To Traditional Appraisal Methodologies by Marcus C. RobynsUsing Functional Analysis In Archival Appraisal: A Practical And Effective Alternative To Traditional Appraisal Methodologies by Marcus C. Robyns

Using Functional Analysis In Archival Appraisal: A Practical And Effective Alternative To…

byMarcus C. Robyns

Paperback | July 2, 2014

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The identification of recorded information with continuing value that documents corporate and cultural memory is one of the archivist's primary tasks, and he/she accomplishes this mission, in part, through the process of appraisal. But does traditional archival appraisal, based on the concepts of primary and evidential values, effectively serve the needs of institutional archivists and records managers? In an age of scarcity and the challenge of electronic records, can archivists and records managers continue to rely upon a methodology essentially unchanged since the early 1950s?Using Functional Analysis in Archival Appraisal: A Practical and Effective Alternative to Traditional Appraisal Methodologies shows how archivists in other countries are already using functional analysis, which offers a better, more effective, and imminently more practical alternative to traditional appraisal methodologies that rely upon an analysis of the records themselves. From this book, information professionals will learn ·what functional analysis is and how it is already used around the world;·its useful application for a variety of record types and media, including print, non-textual, electronic, and "born-digital" records;·how functional analysis provides an alternative to a hierarchical arrangement scheme based upon record groups, sub-groups, and series that mimics the structure of an institution or organization; ·a recommended process for the practical and effective implementation of functional analysis.
Marcus C. Robyns is Professor and University Archivist at Northern Michigan University and is a certified archivist (member of the Academy of Certified Archivists). Prior to his work at Northern Michigan beginning in 1997, Mr. Robyns was the City Archivist for the city of Portland, Oregon, and an adjunct assistant professor of history ...
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Title:Using Functional Analysis In Archival Appraisal: A Practical And Effective Alternative To…Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 9.04 × 6.05 × 0.51 inPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810887975

ISBN - 13:9780810887978

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Table of Contents

Preface: Functional Analysis for the Lone ArrangerChapter 1: The Custodial EraChapter 2: The Post-Custodial EraChapter 3: Functional Analysis at WorkChapter 4: Functional Analysis on the Far Side of the WorldChapter 5: Setting the StageChapter 6: Appraisal Information and AnalysisChapter 7: Electronic RecordsChapter 8: The Professional Critique of Functional AnalysisAppendices: Appendix A: Archives and Records Management Policy Statement Appendix B: Student Assistant Position Descriptions Appendix C: Student Assistant Evaluation Form Appendix D: Project Memo of Introduction Appendix E: Selected Bibliography and Discussion Questions Appendix F: Information Collection Training Presentation Appendix G: Information Collection Databases Appendix H: Sample Appraisal Report Appendix I: Electronic Records Management Policy Statement Appendix J: Sample Electronic Records Microappraisal Datasheet Appendix K: Email Management Training Presentation Appendix L: Organizing Electronic Records Training PresentationBibliographyIndex

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Records appraisal is one of the most complex and difficult jobs confronting the archivist and records manager.  Due to the complexity of selecting records for historical preservation it is often not done systematically or consistently.  Marcus Robyns explores a practical and systematic means of appraising historical records for archival retention.  His book is an in-depth and thoughtful reexamination of the concepts articulated in Helen Samuels' book Varsity Letters: Documenting Modern Colleges and Universities.