Welcome to the July/August 2015 issue of Information Management!

Wherever you are along the records and information management (RIM) career ladder, good collaboration skills are among the most critical to you being effective in your current role and to climbing to a higher rung. This issue’s articles describe the valuable collaborative roles you can play in several business functions, including legal and technology initiatives.

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InFocus: A Message from the Editor
Vicki Wiler
Collaboration Ensures RIM Career Success and Growth
Wherever you are along the records and information management career ladder, good collaboration skills are among the most critical to you being effective in your current role and to climbing to a higher rung.

Up Front:
News, trends, and analysis of interest to you and your organization


Critical Steps to Creating a Consistent Preservation Hold Process
Richard Vestuto, J.D., and Bill Piwonka
Many organizations struggle to develop a cost-effective and defensible hold process. This article provides six steps to help organizations plan, automate, and communicate a legal hold process that will improve efficiency, reduce risks, and meet their preservation obligations.

Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® Series
The Principles and External Audits
Julie Gable, CRM, CDIA, FAI
External audits depend on documentation, and that can make them stressful, time-consuming, and psychologically draining for records and information management (RIM) professionals who have to produce the documentation quickly. Learn how to prepare for and respond to an audit and how basing your RIM program on the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles can reduce the strain and deliver good results even when under intense scrutiny.

RIM’s Role in Harnessing the Power of Big Data
Kevin Dale, CRM
Organizations can maximize the returns on their big data strategies by giving records and information management (RIM) professionals a seat at the table. Applying RIM principles across the enterprise will help organizations improve the quality of their data and access to it, making big data analysis cheaper, quicker, more efficient, and more accurate.


Business Matters Sub-feature
Planning for and Managing During a Paper Document Disaster
William R. Gulley, Jr.
Whether disasters are natural or man-made, two things are certain: they happen practically every day, and they are costly. Every organization needs a disaster plan that is up-to-date, readily accessible, disseminated throughout the organization, and easily understood to effectively mitigate the effects of a disaster.

RIM Fundamentals Sub-feature

Records Management or Information Governance?
William Saffady, Ph.D., FAI
This excerpt from the upcoming third edition of Records and Information Management: The Fundamentals of Professional Practice, which will be published by ARMA International this fall, examines the purpose and scope of records management as a business discipline, defines records management and information governance, and places records management within the context of an information governance program.

In Review
A New Cataloging Standard for Today’s Varied Resources
Robert Bailey, Ph.D., CRM
RDA and Cartographic Resources is about the resource description and access (RDA) unified cataloging standard, which evolved from the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2). According to the reviewer, the book is a great reference for those who need to understand and apply this new standard to the large variety of materials and metadata formats in the library and records management professional.

In Review
Weighty Tome Is Light on Comprehensive RM Best Practices
Sheila Taylor, IGP, CRM
Designing an Effective Corporate Information , Knowledge Management, and Records Retention Compliance Program is designed to introduce basic records management fundamentals to attorneys that are expanding their practice to include records management (RM) and for others just starting in RM.

In Review

Distracted: You May Have ADT (No, Not the Home Security System…)
Beth Mellinger
Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive introduces the term attention deficit trait (ADT), which is caused by one or more of six common distractions: screen sucking, multitasking, idea hopping, worrying, playing the hero, and dropping the ball. It includes access to a free assessment to help readers identify their areas of distraction before turning to the book to learn how to minimize them.



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