Charles M. Dollar

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Charles M Dollar, an internationally recognized expert on the life cycle management of electronic records, particularly electronic records archiving, pioneered research into digital preservation of electronic records. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky.

A historian at Oklahoma State University (1968-1974), an electronic records program manager at the National Archives and Records Administration (1974-1994), an archival educator at the University of British Columbia (1994-1999), and a Senior Consultant at Cohasset Associates (1999 to the present), he was a pioneer in establishing the electronic records preservation program of the National Archives in the 1970s. He had a major leadership role in early efforts of the Society of American Archivists and the International Council on Archives to address the challenges of electronic records. He served on the Standards Board of the Association of Information and Image Management and Technical Committee 171 of the International Organization for Standardization and was the author of ISO 18492, Long Term Preservation of Electronic Document-Based Information (2005). His book on The Impact of Information Technology on Archives Theory and Practice (1993) and Authentic Electronic Records: Strategies for Long Term Access (1997) advanced the profession's understanding of the challenges of digital preservation.

While on the staff of the National Archives, Dr. Dollar organized and directed the first electronic records program for the United States Federal government and subsequently had a major role in research projects on digital technology standards, digital storage media, and digital imaging applications in electronic archiving. In 1994 Dr. Dollar joined the Graduate Faculty of the School of Library, Information, and Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia, where he taught in the Archival Studies Program. Since 1999 he has worked as an independent consultant through Cohasset Associates and Dollar Consulting.

Over four decades he has published groundbreaking articles in leading archival and records management journals. His prize winning monographs include on The Impact of Information Technologies on Archival Principles and Methods (1992) and Authentic Electronic Records: Long-Term Access Strategies (1999).

Dr. Dollar was the 2006 recipient of The Emmett Leahy Award. The award recognizes an individual whose contributions and outstanding accomplishments have had a major impact on the records and information management profession. Selection of the award recipient is made by the Emmett Leahy Award Committee that is composed of the last ten winners of this prestigious award. The Emmett Leahy Award is presented at the annual meeting of the Institute of Certified Records Managers that is held concurrently with the ARMA International Annual Conference.

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Dollar, Charles M. Archival Theory and Information Technologies: The Impact of Information Technologies on Archival Principles and Methods Macerata, Italy: University of Macerata, 1992. (ISBN 88-7663201-8)
  • Dollar, Charles M. Authentic Electronic Records: Long-Term Access Strategies. Chicago: Cohasset Associates, 1999. (ISBN 0-9700640-0-4)

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