Insight into sound recordkeeping practices

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/23/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — “Recordkeeping Cultures,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explores how an understanding of organizational information culture provides the insight necessary for the development and promotion of sound recordkeeping practices. In this fully revised and expanded edition of their 2014 book “Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem,” Gillian Oliver and Fiorella Foscarini detail an innovative framework for analyzing and assessing information culture. They go on to demonstrate how to use this knowledge to change behavior and develop recordkeeping practices that are aligned with the specific characteristics of any workplace. This framework addresses the widely recognized problem of improving organization-wide compliance with a records management program by tackling the different aspects that make up the organization's information culture. Discussion of topics at each level of the framework includes strategies and guidelines for assessment, followed by suggestions for next steps, such as appropriate actions and strategies to influence behavioral change. This edition features new chapters on:

  • diagnostic features: genres, workarounds and infrastructure;
  • workplace collaboration: how to analyze collaborative practices in organizations, including recordkeeping; and
  • education: how to teach information culture concepts and methods in archives and records management graduate programs.

Oliver is Associate Professor of Information Management at Monash University in Australia. Previously she led teaching and research into archives and records at Victoria University of Wellington and the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. She is the author of four books, including “Records Management and Information Culture” (2014) and “Recordkeeping Informatics for a Networked Age” (2018), and is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Archival Science. Foscarini is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Before joining academia, she worked as an archivist and a records manager for various institutions, including the European Central Bank and the Province of Bologna. She also taught archival studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is also co-editor of “Engaging with Records and Archives: Histories and Theories” (2016). She currently serves as General Editor of Archivaria.

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