Companies decide to store their documents with third-party record management companies for a variety of reasons. Some make the decision because their office space is getting too cramped to store all their physical files. For others, it is because they have recognised that a specialist will be able to store, protect and (if necessary) digitise important documents more effectively. Either way, enlisting the help of a third-party records management company is a step that most growing businesses will take. Certain people are happy to let the records management firm get on with it - ‘No news is good news’ - but for those of you that would rather understand the how and what your records are doing at any given stage, we have compiled this timeline. Collection Once the decision to store the files with a third-party records management company, like The Filing Room, has been made, boxes will be
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From Latin Scholars to Tech-Savvy, All-Rounders: A brief History of the Document Archivist Humanity’s collective memory is one of the reasons we are able to continue developing and improving as a species. A key component of this collective memory is our ability to document events that occur around us and use them in the near, or far, future. Archiving has played a key role in the preservation of our collective memory and in this article, the history of an archivist will be briefly explained. Clay Tablets and Papyrus Scrolls The first evidence of informational archiving comes from the second millennia BC in Syria, Greece and Turkey, where clay tablets were used to store information from various transactions and events. In ancient China, Rome and Greece, clay tablets were replaced by papyrus scrolls. Unfortunately for historians, papyrus scrolls are far more susceptible to the rigours of time than clay tablets and