I certainly do not want to "hit" you.  However, I must stand by my knowledge
and experience.

My view is that paper is not the way to save electronic records.  900
employees should be enough e-mail to support the investment in some
technology, which is likely to be cheaper than the printing and filing
costs.  And a heck of a lot easier to manage.

It is my observation that many RM professionals are opposed to automatic
approaches because they feel (consciously or not) that they are an attack on
their expertise.  That is not my view: I see automatic systems as ways of
applying and enforcing that expertise, where now it is oft ignored or cannot
reach.  Neither are automatic approaches threats to the human side of our
enterprises, any more than direct dial was to using the telephone.  Just a
tool to deal with a big problem.

Bernard Chester, CDIA+, ICP
Principal Consultant
IMERGE Consulting
7683 SE 27 Street, #316
Mercer Island, WA  98040
office: 206-230-9253 / cell: 206-979-7389
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-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Sharon Blackstock
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 1:35 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: So.... About this email thing

>As might be obvious, I generally come down on the side of automatic.

Ditto, on the side of manual =) (Larry)

Thanks, Larry, I thought I was alone and was too much of a chicken to
express such! In smaller organizations such as mine (900 employees), there
is no question that this has to be done manually. We (me, IT, management)
have not done a good job (yet) of training.  Our policy is simple - IT
backups of the email system are for disaster recovery only and are destroyed
after 7 days. Email correspondence that is determined to be record copy (by
the employee) must be printed and filed or saved to a network drive.
Messages in individual inboxes or even in the delete folder stay there until
deleted completely by the user, then the 7 day retention of backups comes
into play.

I have yet to figure out if email correspondence to and from City Council
members who use their individual and personal email accounts (not the City's
system) to correspond with citizens are "public record".  When asked, I tell
them (the councillors) yes, keep your correspondence a year plus current,
like all other correspondence.

OK - hit me, y'all!!!!!!!!!!!

Sharon G. Blackstock, CRM
Central Records Administrator
Lakewood City Clerk's Office
480 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood CO 80226-3127
303-987-7091 (office)
303-987-7088 (fax)
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Lakewood's records management objectives: 1) Information is available when
needed; 2) Records of permanent value are preserved; 3) Non-permanent
records are destroyed per approved retention schedules; 4) Discarded paper
is recycled.

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