Archives Timeline: The Swift Report

In response to the challenges and changes that had occurred through the 1990s such as new digital technology, new access and privacy legislation, an expanded client base, a shortage of storage space, and reduced operating grants, the Saskatchewan Archives Board hired Michael Swift & Associates to undertake a detailed study of the operations of the Saskatchewan Archives. In September 1998, the consultants released a 188 page report outlining the state of the Archives. The report identified institutional strengths such as well-qualified staff, a high priority on client service, and new initiatives related to the management of government records. However, the report also expressed concern over long-term underfunding, inadequate facilities, the growing backlog of unprocessed records as well as outdated policies and organizational structure.

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