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

Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 3: Twitter

I need to start this post with a confession. I don’t really have any right to give advice on using Twitter.  Every time I think I have it figured out, something strange happens and I’m completely befuddled again.  Never fails. In my defense, I’m clearly not alone here.  Based on offline discussions I’ve had with … More Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 3: Twitter

An Industry Pioneer on Records Management and Artificial Intelligence

Readers of my blogs who have been in the records management business as long as I have will remember a records management application vendor called TruArc (which was originally founded as Provenance). In the early 2000’s TruArc released a product called AutoRecords. AutoRecords was the very first records management solution brought to market that leveraged … More An Industry Pioneer on Records Management and Artificial Intelligence

Vicki Lemieux Comments on Records Management and the Blockchain

Anyone who has heard me speak or followed this blog knows that I have a particular interest in how blockchain technology will be used to support information lifecycle management.  I try to provide the records management community with any new blockchain information I may come across. Recently, Record Management ListServ member Gary Link posted a … More Vicki Lemieux Comments on Records Management and the Blockchain

Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 1: LinkedIn

As I’ve noted here often, the fundamentals of records management haven’t changed in hundreds of years.  We manage information – regardless of the media on which it is recorded – effectively through all five stages of the information lifecycle: creation, distribution, use, maintenance and disposition. Until relatively recently, the information we have managed has been … More Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 1: LinkedIn

An Interview with Daryll Prescott – Task Force Lead for the Original DoD 5015.2 Records Management Standard

I was recently given the extraordinary opportunity to speak with Daryll Prescott, the lead officer in charge of the DoD’s original effort to standardize electronic records management across the entire Department of Defense.  The Task Force Daryll lead would eventually produce the first version of the DoD 5015.2 Electronic Records Management Software Applications Design Criteria … More An Interview with Daryll Prescott – Task Force Lead for the Original DoD 5015.2 Records Management Standard

An Open Letter to ARMA from a Records Management Professional at a Critical Turning Point in History

I have been a professional records manager for nearly 20 years. I started my career in the late nineties with a small software company that produced an ‘enterprise records management application’ which we marketed to both public and private sector organizations across the world. Since beginning my career I have held just about every position … More An Open Letter to ARMA from a Records Management Professional at a Critical Turning Point in History