The field of information management is defined for the non‐expert. The origins of information management are outlined, including the Paperwork Reduction Act. The factors which have contributed to the growth of information management as an area of employment and education are discussed, including the concept of information as a resource. Examples are provided of the role of information management, particularly in the National Health Service, local government and banking. It is suggested that information management is hospitable to a range of diverse professionals but that librarians and information scientists can and should make a significant contribution.
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