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Early History of the National Microfilm Association (AIIM)

Every so often I find myself going down what my wife calls an Internet rat hole. I come up with a question and start digging, find something cool, then cooler, and then I’m wondering how I got here. This one started with discovering that AIIM started as the National Microfilm Association. ...


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Discussion Point: the R&IM Program as Finishing School

In its youth the American corporation struggled externally to redefine its scope of public responsibility and internally to define its corporateness and personhood. As corporate status became easier to achieve in America by the mid-19 th century, company mission statements shifted away from...

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Non-Records Books for Records Managers: Tracy Kidder’s “Soul of a New Machine”

I finished recently Tracy Kidder’s “Soul of a New Machine”. As I read it, I thought a lot about the first time I heard the Benny Goodman Trio’s 1935 recording of “Body and Soul” (Benny Goodman with the incomparable Teddy Wilson and the-creature-who-loved...

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Foresight 2020

From Handhelds to Eyeholds You might have heard about Google Goggles. It's the first shot across the new mobile bow. Here devices crawl out of pockets and frame themselves between our ears. The welcome message boots to the thumbnail radar of our extended nerve centers, a.k.a....

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Records Books for Records Managers: Soll’s “The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s Secret State Intelligence System”

At 22, I embarked on my journey to write the first of many bad but earnest pieces of nonfiction: my undergraduate thesis. It described the voyage of the first shipment of women to (what is today) Mobile, Alabama. Almost no published source material was available at the time. Looking back, I...

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A Few Minutes with an Archivist

One of the attendees at our recent AIIM New England event in CT was Jennifer Sharp. I’ve been following Jen on Twitter for quite some time, I was very happy to see her at the event, and I thought it might be nice to consider “records” management from a different perspective. ...

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Least Content Denominator

It's 1997 and you just saw the future: your food service specials in your corporate cafeteria for the coming week. Now it's 2004 and the read/writing is on the wall: your file server has been retrofitted into its sparkling new webified front-end. Leapfrog to 2008 and HR's...

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RIM to drive up the value of Time Capsules?

Earlier this week I attended the 55 th Annual ARMA Conference and Expo, and as always happens, I find myself inspired by what I saw, heard and learned. Interestingly however, and perhaps due to my earlier post about my anthropological academic background, I found my mind wandering a bit ...

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Looking back 10 years

Ten summers ago, Tiger Woods became the first golfer since 1953 to win three major championships in a calendar year. It was a good time for him, and it was a good time for us—the summer that ABBYY USA opened its doors. So this year, we celebrated ten successful years of developing...

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