n.an individual responsible for the administration of programs for the efficient and economical handling, protecting, and disposing of records throughout their life cycleCook 1991a, 6The archivist’s task of appraising modern records containing personal information is made considerably easier, however, by the existence of sound records management in the agency creating the records. Where this does not exist, it should be encouraged, for the records manager is the natural ally of the archivist. Both look after the same records at different stages of the life cycle. Both have a vital interest in ensuring that records of continuing administrative value are preserved. . . . It is true that the records manager and archivist have significant differences in emphasis and orientation. The former is concerned with all records created while the latter ultimately only in perhaps 5 per cent of that total.LeFevre 2010, 38One of the key responsibilities of the records manager is to compile a records disposal (also called a retention schedule).