Records managers are responsible for the effective and appropriate management of an organisation's records from their creation through to their eventual disposal. They provide access to accurate records for a range of operational and strategic purposes and liaise with senior managers in order to improve the organisation's efficiency and to help ensure the preservation of archives for the future.
Records managers ensure that legal obligations are met for the creation and retention of both paper and electronic records. This includes controlling the number of records created and stored, and identifying which records are to be preserved for historical and research purposes and which should be destroyed.
Records management is often closely related to knowledge and information management, as well as information compliance (data protection and freedom of information), and some jobs will be an amalgamation of these roles.
Tasks vary depending on the nature of the role. Records management may form the whole or only part of the job along with other information-related activities, such as knowledge and information management, data protection, freedom of information and information governance. However, typical work activities are likely to include: