As Time Goes By - Which Do You Prefer: Paper or Plastic?

November 1, 2012 Published Work
NYIPLA Bulletin, October/November 2012

As with all organizations, change for the NYIPLA is an inevitable fact of life. One challenge, however, lies in timing the rate of change at a pace to maximize advantages for the Association and minimize inconvenience to our individual members.

The Association has undergone change in recent years as part of a transition from paper to electronic records. From its inception, paper records, including Bulletins, Greenbooks, photographs, and other hard-copy artifacts, have been key to maintaining a storehouse of knowledge about the Association's activities, as well as a sense of continuity in planning for the future.

It goes without saying that paper records have their pluses and minuses. Paper tends to yellow over time, and black-and-white photographs tend to fade along with out collective memory about the photos. Furthermore, paper records tend to be discarded or lost as our members and their firms and corporations move from one office location to another. Illustrative of the risks associated with paper records, NYIPLA Bulletins for the 1970s decade are missing from the Association's coffers and perhaps lost. Such a loss risks leaving a gap in our knowledge of the NYIPLA history of that era.