Find out what it means to be a Records Manager, the skills and qualificationsinvolved and how to take your interest further.
Every day we are bombarded with information. It comes to us by mail, phone and the internet. If we are to put it to good use it must be organised in some way.
It is the job of the records manager to :
Records managers achieve these goals in many ways, including; designing systems, analysing business processes, designing business classification schemes, undertaking records surveys, establishing retention schedules, designing and running record centres and devising business continuity policies.
They are dynamic professionals, interacting with senior managers in their organisations to improve efficiency and to help ensure the preservation of the archives of the future.
Records managers need to be :
They also have to contact suppliers, contractors and outside organisations
Many people come into records management from disciplines such as scientific research, financial and retail management and the civil service.
Many people also enter records management from an archives background, as members of both professions have a shared interest in the value of information and its uses.
Normally a degree (subject not strictly relevant) and post-graduate qualification are required for professional posts. Distance learning courses in records management are available at the following universities.
All the above universities and courses have been accredited by the Archives and Records Association's Qualifications Accreditation Team against set criteria.
These can be viewed via the following link Accreditation of Post-Graduate Qualification Criteria
Please note the new course offered by Plymouth University is not currently accredited by the Archives and Records Association.
As a records manager you could find yourself working in education, a multinational organisation, a museum or gallery, a charitable organisation or in a Local or Central Government.
The Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts, have created substantial demand from employers for qualified records managers.
Most records management jobs are advertised through ARC Recruitment. This ARA publication is sent to all members and becomes available later to non-members through the Association's website.
Jobs are also advertised occasionally in the national and local press, and and on the archives-nra and records-management-uk email discussion lists and through the Records Management Society recruitment publication.
Continued Career Development
Once qualified, records managers are encouraged to undertake the Archives and Records Association's Professional Development Programme, which demonstrates a commitment to continuing professional development and improves career prospects.
See ARA's salary recommendations here.