Questions on Records Management

Is Freedom of Information the nearest we are going to get to archive legislation?

The panel could not look into the future but hoped this would not be the case. The FOI Act intended to give rights rather than govern practice.

What role did archivists play in information governance?

Often no role at all and those that did not have a defined structure to work within tended not to push themselves forward into a role. In many cases they did not see information management as having anything to do with archives which was  worrying.

The relationship between requestors and the local authority?

Requestors wanted a person to talk to and a dialogue with the information managers. They felt (rightly or wrongly) that they would receive a fuller answer or better service if this happened.

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