Ethics, Accountability and Recordkeeping, by Richard J. Cox


Table of Contents


Introduction to the SeriesGeoffrey Yeo


ForewordSarah Tyacke


Preface and Acknowledgements


Introduction.From Ethics to Accountability, or, When Do Records Professionals Become Whistleblowers?




The Importance of Ethics and Accountability


The Spark Igniting the Fire: Enron, Arthur Andersen, and Corporate Scandals


Government Secrecy and the Control of the Past


Evil and Recordkeeping


Owning the Past


The International Dimensions of This Book


Conclusion: Archival Whistle-blowing?


Chapter One. Testing the Spirit of the Information Age




The Computer Store as the New Church for Our Information Age


The Information Age and the Electronic Sweatshop


The Information Age and the Loss of Humanity


The Need for Spirituality in the Information Age


Conclusion: Beyond What We Can See or Make


Chapter Two. Searching for Authority and Recognition: Archivists, Records Managers, and Electronic Records




Archivists and the Quest for a Magic Bullet


The Search for Authority for Electronic Records Management in the Archival Literature


The Possible Fatal Flaw: Electronic Records Management and Practice


Records Professionals in a Brave New World


Simple Questions About SIM and Other New Information Management Models


SIM World or Real World?


Begin the Dialogue


Conclusion: Back to Work


Chapter Three. Why the Archivist of the United States is Important to Records Professionals and America




The Historical Lessons of the Founding and Development of the National Archives


The National Archives and the Chimera of Independence


A New Controversy Erupts


A New Time, A New Set of Challenges


A Legacy of Problems, not a Bushwhacking


Different Thoughts About the Archivist




Chapter Four.Americaís Pyramids: Presidents and Their Libraries




What Is the Purpose of Presidential Libraries?


Presidential Papers Before Presidential Libraries


FDR and the Origins of the Presidential Library


The Presidential Library Systemís Evolution and The Issues of Presidential Papers


The Insiderís View of Presidential Libraries


Othersí Views on Presidential Libraries


Is There a Future for Presidential Libraries?


Summing Up: A Policy Recommendation


Chapter Five. The World is a Dangerous Place: Recordkeeping in the Age of Terror




What Is Terrorism?


Nothing New Under the Sun


Media Coverage of the Gulf Wars


Closing Off the Documentation


Intelligence and the War on Terror


The Intelligence Boondoggle and Civil Liberties


Records and Their Administration in the Age of Terror


Do Records Professionals Need New Ethics Codes?




Chapter Six.Technology, the Future of Work, and Records Professionals




Fighting Mythology


Computers and Workers


The Power of the Historical, or Long-term, Perspective


Records Still Appear


The Challenges of the New Workplace and Its Technologies




Chapter Seven. Records and Truth in the Post-Truth Society




The Post-Truth Society


Political Pratfalls


Scientific Shenanigans


Corporate Corruption


Historiansí Hiccup


Conclusion: Records and Truth


Chapter Eight. Censorship and Records




Self-Censorship: The First Danger Sign


Human Rights and the Role of Records


Voyeurism as a Stimulant for Censorship


Torture and the Power of Records


Conclusion: Where Do We Go From Here?


Chapter Nine.Personal Notes: Intellectual Property, Technology, and Unfair Stories




Two New Views


Power Plays


Societal Shenanigans


Information Technologies and Free Expression


Information Professionals as Combatants or Innocent Civilians


Personal Stories About Unfair Use




Conclusion. Archiving Archives: Rethinking and Revitalizing a Concept




Archives as Storage


Archives as Static


Archives as Data


Archives as Memory


Archives as Social Construction


Archives as Personal Space


Archives as Technologies


Archives as Power


Archives as Creations


Archives as Leaks


Archives as Controversial


Archives as Targets


Archives as Stories


Archives as Old Stuff