Carleton University’s new Corporate Records and Archives web site makes its debut today.
In many ways records management and archives are interrelated and even intertwined; some might say symbiotic. This is truer now that electronic records systems have changed the nature of data creation – and data destruction. The traditional archival task of identifying records of permanent historical value so that they can be ‘archived’ can no longer wait for the record to reach some magical point of ‘inactivity’. The corporate archivist must be involved even prior to records creation. The ease with which electronic records can be lost through careless storage or ill-mapped networks is likely to make the archivist’s disciplines of greater, rather than lesser, importance.
A modern archives should be created and maintained in a way that enhances the university and assists in the decision making process. Carleton’s Corporate Records and Archives will support that priority by providing a high quality information service to Carleton faculty and staff and by taking a dynamic approach to the exploitation of the information contained in the archives.