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In order to aid Member States, particularly developing countries, to meet their needs in the specialized areas of Archives Administration and Records Management, the Division of the General Information Programme has developed a long-term Records and Archives Management Programme (RAMP).

The overall objectives of RAMP reflect and contribute to the overall themes of the General Information Programme. RAMP therefore includes projects, studies and other activities intended to:

- to create awareness and promote understanding, among and within governments of Member States, of the value and usefulness of records and archives as basic information resources;

- to assist countries, upon request, in the organization and development of records and archives management systems and services necessary for the full and effective utilization of these basic information resources;

- to promote and assist in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge through the training of professionals in the field of archives and records management as the basis for solid archival policies and development.

RAMP activities concentrate on: infrastructure development; training and education; protection of the archival heritage; promotion of the development and application of modern information technologies and research in archival theory and practice.

This study, prepared under contract with the International Council on Archives, (ICA) is designed to introduce and describe manuals and textbooks suitable for training in records management and archives administration. It includes an inventory of available manuals with bibliographic data and descriptions of their suitability for training. It also indicates appropriate target groups.

Comments and suggestions regarding the study are welcome and should be addressed to the Division of the General Information Programme, UNESCO, 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France.

Other studies prepared under the RAMP programme may be obtained at the same address.

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