Charles Dollar

My area of expertise includes providing consulting services in electronic records management and digital preservation.  My contact information is:

Charles M. Dollar
1303 Pelican Loop
Oxford, MS 38655
Tel: 662 236 2479
Cell: 662 832 2123
Email: thecdollar@att.net


Education

Ph.D., University of Kentucky (1996)
M.A. University of Kentucky (1963)
B.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1958)
B.A. Union University (1955)

 
Employment History

Senior Consultant (1998 -   )   Cohasset Associates, Chicago, IL

Associate Professor (1994 – 1999)
School of Library, Archives and Information Studies
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Deputy Director, Archival Research and Evaluation Staff (1984 – 1994)
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Director, Audiovisual Archives Division (1982-1983)
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Deputy Director, FBI Appraisal Task Force (1980-1981)
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Director, Machine Readable Archives Division (1974 -1980)
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC

Associate Professor of History (1971 – 1974)
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

Assistant Professor of History (1966 – 1970)
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

 
Knowledge, Skill, and Experience

I am a Senior Consultant at Cohasset Associates and I work with public and private organizations to develop strategies and approaches to optimize the use of information technologies in the creation, use, and preservation of trustworthy digital information assets to satisfy legal, regulatory, and business/historical recordkeeping requirements.  In working with such organizations I draw upon more than three decades of knowledge and experience in working with electronic records in a wide variety of organizations and technology environments.

I began my career as an historian at Oklahoma State University (1968-1974) where I was an early adopter of the use of computers in historical research [See Source1].  My interest in computerized historical records led to an invitation to join the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration (1974-1994) where I established the electronic records preservation program of the National Archives and subsequently became a thought leader in understanding the impact of information technologies on the capture and preservation of electronic records within the library, archives, and records management communities [See Source 2]. In 1994 I returned to academic life as an Associate Professor in the School of Library, Archives, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia where I developed and taught ground-breaking graduate courses in electronic records management.  I also became actively involved in the work of International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee 171 to address the use of standards to mitigate the impact of technology obsolescence on digital information assets.  [See Source 3]

In 1998 I joined Cohasset Associates as a Senior Consultant where I could share my  academic, government, and standards experience with clients in both the public and private sectors [See Source 4)].  In addition, I continued his work in the field of international standards by serving as a member of the Association of Image and Information Management (AIIM) Standards Board from 2000-2004 and Chair (2004 – 2006).  I also authored ISO 18492, Document Management Applications – Long-term preservation of electronic document-based information (2005) .

My  current work focuses on implementing the ISO 15489 business function classification methodology (DIRKS) to support updated, simplified (“Big Buckets”) retention schedules [See Source 5] and adapting the Computer Software Capability Maturity Model to digital preservation and electronic records management [SeeSource 6].

Professional Recognition and Affiliations

Recipient of the Thomas C. Bagg Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Standards (2008). Association of Image and Information Management.

Recipient of the Emmet J. Leahy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Records and Information Management Profession (2005)

Recipient of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award (2000) for “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice” presented by the Society of American Archivists for Authentic Electronic Records: Strategies for Long-Term Access (1999)

Certificate of Commendation from the Society of American Archivists for “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice for The Impact of Information Technology on Archival Theory and Practice.  (1993).

 Fellow, Society of American Archivists (1980)

Chair, Emmett Leahy Award Committee (2006 - 2010)

Chair, AIIM Standards Board, Association of Image and Information Management (2004-2006)

Member, AIIM Standards Board, Association of Image and Information Management (2001-2003)

Chair, International Council on Archives, Information Technology Committee (1992 – 1996)

Member, International Council on Archives, ADP Committee (1985 – 1991)

Member, Association of Records Managers and Administrators (2005 - )

Member, Association of Image and Information Management (1999 - )Member, Society of American Archivists (1975 - )

Charles Dollar