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Records Standardization, Retention Schedule and Weeding Out of Documents: A Proposal for Indian Libs

Library Herald Year : 2017, Volume : 55, Issue : 1 First page : ( 15) Last page : ( 24) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2017.00002.1

Records Standardization, Retention Schedule and Weeding Out of Documents: A Proposal for Indian Libraries

Parvez Akhtar Indian Institute of Management Indore, Prabandh Shikhar, Pithampur Road, Indore-453 556. e-mail: akhtaronline@gmail.com

Abstract Efficient record management practice is an integral part of every organization in performing their day-to-day functions. Though libraries follow best practices in managing user-centric records, it is observed that most of the libraries are not following any standard policy for administrative records retention or their weeding out. The paper argues that record retention policy will help librarians in taking an informed decision concerning the retention period of different type of records. The author opines that records retention schedule is fundamental to efficient records management of any organization. The paper also discusses various government guidelines in managing records and suggests a model record retention policy for libraries.

Keywords Record Management, Record Retention Policy, Record Retention Schedule, Record Weeding Out,Parvez Akhtar.


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