Records Management Functionality: A Brief History

As I’ve noted here a number of times before, records management is a centuries-old, well-defined professional discipline.  Records managers have always provided the same vital service: we manage recorded information, regardless of media or format, through its entire lifecycle – creation, distribution, use, maintenance, and disposition.   While the tools records managers use have changed considerably … More Records Management Functionality: A Brief History

The Disposition Imperative: My ARMA NOVA Keynote

I’ve been told that the Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is the same word they use for ‘opportunity’. Now I was born with a healthy level of skepticism, so I typically validate such things before I use them publicly. (God bless you, Snopes.com.) But I’m making an exception on this one and blindly assuming it’s true. … More The Disposition Imperative: My ARMA NOVA Keynote

You May Be a Next Generation Records Manager If…

[Editor’s Note: This is an updated reprint of an article I originally posted to the old NextGenRM.org site. I made a few minor changes, but for the most part, I thought it still remained as valid today as it did when it was first published almost two years ago. As always, questions and comments are … More You May Be a Next Generation Records Manager If…

The Automated Information Lifecycle Management Model: Part 3 – The Records Manager’s Challenge

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Pogo (by way of Walt Kelly) To make the Automated Information Lifecycle Management model work – and it must work – some serious challenges must be overcome by the three groups most affected by it: Records and Information Management professionals, Enterprise Content and Records Management … More The Automated Information Lifecycle Management Model: Part 3 – The Records Manager’s Challenge

The Automated Information Lifecycle Management Model: Part 2 – Records Management at a Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell is arguably Canada’s greatest living gift to Western Civilization (outside of Bob and Doug McKenzie, who are hilarious).  In his seminal book of the same name, Gladwell defines a ‘tipping point’ as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”.  And unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere – or … More The Automated Information Lifecycle Management Model: Part 2 – Records Management at a Tipping Point