The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The College Archives, located in the headquarters building in Chicago, collects and preserves inactive College records of enduring value and makes them available for research to its members and to the general public. The processed and cataloged records contain roughly 400 linear feet of material, chiefly paper records, but also photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, and College publications.
The Archives formerly maintained its collection descriptions and accession records in several in-house databases used only by the Archives staff. Recently, the director of the ACS charged the Archives with Continue reading
This video is a presentation given at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual conference, ARCHIVES 2015, tells you how archives change lives. They help us understand who we and others are – “where we came from”. They help us evolve as a society and not make the mistakes of the past.
Archivists have so much material to manage that they need good Continue reading
In the days of “paper” we expected everyone to file all their own documents that were important enough to be considered “records”. They were expected to know what could be destroyed or should kept. They can easily take the same responsibility for electronic documents and all other digital assets.
Electronic documents go into “virtual” folders rather than paper folders. Users are offered only the folders relevant to them, making the selection easy. They do not have to understand your records classification scheme or retention Continue reading
What problem are you trying to solve? Do you often have several people working on the creation of the same document? Only one person should be modifying it at a time or one will wipe out what the other does. SharePoint helps by ensuring that only one person has it checked out for modification purposes at a time. Others can read, but not update, until it is available.
Will all your documents be created using SharePoint? Not likely. Some arrive as PDFs or paper. Some are created with office software such as MS Word or Excel by a single person, where collaboration is not an issue. How will other people find them after they are completed? Do they even know where to look?
Why not have a single database for all your records – physical as well as electronic so that users have only one place to look. Documents created by SharePoint Continue reading
What a great idea! Using archival photographs to decorate those ugly utility boxes in community parks. These pictures of community heritage are what I see while walking my dog through the many forested paths of North Vancouver.
They are pictures from the community archives. (See another blog about the North Vancouver Archives.) Some pictures are of Continue reading
This is a great opportunity for hands-on experience with a Classification Scheme and Retention Schedule that automatically controls all your records workflow: end-user filing, targeted searches, disposition/destruction with audit trail. It provides a single place for managing all physical as well as electronic records.
The Starter Kit gives you access to Eloquent Records™, an EDRMS that can be used as a service (SaaS) in the Eloquent Cloud. After the 90-day experience you have the option to upgrade to the full production version, keeping all your personal information. It can remain in the Eloquent Cloud or be moved to your own server.
The Classification and Retention sub-system supports any structure, with any number of Continue reading
Information Governance, or IG is a dominant expression in the records management community these days and membership to ARMA International is a great way to learn all about it and even get certified as an authority on the topic. Eloquent Systems is offering you a free one-year introductory membership to this international organization as well as to your local chapter.
According to Wikipedia, “Information governance, or IG, is the set of multi-disciplinary structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls implemented to manage information at an enterprise level, supporting an organization’s immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements.”
The Eloquent Records™ Starter Kit is a great way to Continue reading
Vancouver, BC – March 27, 2015
Eloquent Systems Inc is pleased to announce the Eloquent-SharePoint Interface. Organizations using MS SharePoint for collaboration and workflow processes can now seamlessly transfer the metadata for the documents to their Eloquent Records™ application when a document is “declared a record”. This gives them only one place to manage retention/disposition rules for all records.
Eloquent Records™ is a mature EDRMS, able to manage the entire life cycle of both physical and electronic records – including acquisitions, storage, retrieval, tracking and a detailed disposition workflow. An integrated classification and retention schedule controls all processes.
Users have only one place to look Continue reading
Vancouver, BC – 12 March 2015 – Eloquent Systems Inc. has packaged its archives management software system, Eloquent Archives™, into a Starter Kit and made it available in the Eloquent Cloud for under $300.00/month. Institutions upload the digital assets from one or two popular collections and have them professionally described for public viewing in less than 3 months. Stakeholders appreciate the very fast return on investment.
Users immediately start uploading digital content and describing their holdings. This happens during their Continue reading
All professional standards for archival description involve a hierarchical structure. They ensure that researchers around the world will find your archival database easy to navigate. Existing structures appear very logical, but how do you get started with your holdings? Continue reading