Some Thoughts on My Critics, ARMA and the State of Records and Information Management

A recent post to the Records Management ListServ group I made has sparked a lot of (mostly offline) discussion.  I’ve received some very kind, supportive emails from several people in the records management community, and for that I am grateful. I’ve also received some less-than-kind emails from folks outside the records management community – and … More Some Thoughts on My Critics, ARMA and the State of Records and Information Management

AIIM and the ICRM Announce Important New Strategic Partnership

Today AIIM and the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) are announcing a new partnership agreement that promises to have a tremendously positive effect on the records management profession for a long time to come. Going forward, ICRM Certified Records Manager (CRM) and ICRM Certified Records Analyst (CRA) candidates “who successfully complete the AIIM ERM … More AIIM and the ICRM Announce Important New Strategic Partnership

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

On Why the Records Management Profession Must Endure

A former ARMA International Association President states during a keynote address that the disposition of records in a massive corporate data lake “doesn’t really matter.” A practitioner of ‘information governance,’ – purportedly the “expansion of traditional records management” – offers to make you a certified information governance professional “in just two weeks!” A career-long, low-level … More On Why the Records Management Profession Must Endure

Farming and the Next Generation Records Manager

Next Generation Records Management solutions are not technology solutions.  They are a set of innovative information lifecycle management methodologies that are enabled by the latest disruptive technologies. And records management is not a responsibility that someone is assigned or a role that someone fills.  It is a professional discipline that requires years of training and … More Farming and the Next Generation Records Manager

Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 4: ‘Social’ Social Media

I love social media.  I think it’s one of the truly great byproducts of the Internet Age.  But even social media diehards like me can’t possibly manage meaningful engagement over more than three or four different social channels.  It would be nice if we could, but there simply isn’t enough time in the day. And … More Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 4: ‘Social’ Social Media

The Presidential Records Management Directive, M-12-18 and the DoD 5015.2 Standard

For those of you who aren’t familiar with M-12-18, it is the Office of Management and Budget’s and NARA’s joint memorandum providing guidance for implementation of the Presidential Directive on Managing Federal Records released in November, 2011. Among the many requirements included in M-12-18 are two critical deadlines.  The first deadline is today, December 31, … More The Presidential Records Management Directive, M-12-18 and the DoD 5015.2 Standard