As a former SRG member, I must agree with David's points, though I am very surprised how small a proportion of SRG members are in fact business archivists - I must have been unduly influenced by knowing that several business archivists are involved as SRG committee members.
I wonder how many business archivists there are in the Society as a whole - and how many of those are archivists with no RM involvement?
David's point re SRG and lone underfunded archivists is also important. Colleagues who are sole practitioners need support and a forum in which to exchange views, which is surely best provided by SRG.
Similarly, business archivists need a forum to discuss business related issues, and I agree that the BAC, while a valuable institution, cannot provide such a purely professional forum. Rather than a subgroup of SRG, I would welcome a BAG (or BRG if we must) of my own!
Sarah J A Flynn
Archivist (Historical Records)
Information Management and Analysis
Glaxo Wellcome plc
891-995 Greenford Road
Middlesex UB6 0HE
Direct line: 711 2395 / (+44) -208 966 2395
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> As an SRG Committee member I can best answer this one. ...
> David Hay
> Group Archivist
> British Telecommunications plc
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> > I think in general this is a good idea and I like the idea of uniting all
> > of
> > us who work with business archives in both public and private sectors.
> > How denuded would the SRG be if all the business archivists left to join a
> > new group? Would the new group have a majority of members in London to
> > the
> > detriment of those further away? (I am thinking of travel to meetings,
> > etc.)
> > Helen Osborn
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> > > Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 11:33 AM
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> > > Subject: A Business Archives SIG for the Society of Archivists?
> > >
> > > Dear Colleagues,
> > >
> > > As business archivists we feel that we constitute a distinct and growing
> > > community within the Society of Archivists ...