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What is Records Life Cycle

Handbook of Research on Heritage Management and Preservation
The stages all formats of records go through from creation to disposal.
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Managing Audio-Visual Resources in Selected Developed and Developing Countries
Ruth Mpatawuwa Abankwah (University of Namibia, Namibia)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3137-1.ch007
This chapter emphasises that audio-visual (AV) resources are very fragile and need to be stored in ideal conditions to preserve them for posterity. It describes different types of AV materials and the conditions under which they should be kept. It is based on a study that was conducted in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (ESARBICA) region. Data were gathered using quantitative and qualitative methods. The results revealed lack of equipment to monitor environmental conditions, absence of policies to govern the acquisition, appraisal, access, preservation, retention, digitisation and disposal of AV materials, and failure to apply the records life cycle (or any model) to AV records. The results point to a need for national archives to develop guidelines that apply to AV materials particularly in Africa. Particular attention should be given to training AV archivists in the region using an integrated curriculum.
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