Welcome to the January/February 2015 issue of Information Management!

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to turn your thoughts toward assessing the status quo and making plans for improvement. For an information professional, you should  be evaluating your career and at least some facets of your organization’s information governance (IG) program. This year’s first issue of Information Management provides resources that should help you do both.

As you look forward, you’ll also want to take a few minutes to look back -- via the “Best of ARMA Live! 2014” special section that begins on page 42 -- to learn about the individuals, chapters, and organizations that were recently honored.

Read more by clicking on the individual article links below or by visiting http://imm.arma.org to browse this issue.  


Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® Series

Principles for Assessing an IG Program

Julie Gable, CRM, CDIA, FAI

Assessing an information governance program is an exercise in gathering information, interpreting it, and using it to strategize the best course for improvement. An assessment requires thoughtful planning and decision making to determine the correct scope, participants, and methodology, and it is best done as a team effort.


From RFP to Selection: Guidance for Outsourcing RIMFunctions

Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE

When outsourcing RIM functions, it is imperative to develop an RFP that clearly conveys your specific needs, prioritize your selection criteria, and get to know potential providers by touring their facilities and asking the right questions. This article provides guidance for ensuring a successful outcome.


Count the Cost: Quantifying Your Vital Records Risk

William Saffady, Ph.D.

Quantitative risks assessment, which uses numeric calculations to measure the likelihood and impact of the loss of specific vital records, provides a solid basis for planning how to protect them.


RIM Fundamentals Series

8 Steps to Effective Information Lifecycle Management

Melissa Dederer, IGP, CRM, and April Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI

Implementing an effective information lifecycle management program provides significant, long-term benefits, including improved information availability, reduced costs and risks, and optimized business efficiencies.


In Review

Turning the Big Data Crush into an Advantage

Anissa C. Hudy, J.D.

In The Big Data Crush, author Christopher Surdak discusses what is driving big data, how big data is affecting businesses, and how businesses must respond to leverage big data successful.


In Review

Standard Practices for Primary Archives Management Tasks

Stephen E. Haller, CRM

The initial volume in the Society of American Archivists’ “Trends in Archives Practice” series, Archival Arrangement and Description, will be useful for experienced and new archivists, as well as those in related professions. Its three modules are “Standards for Archival Description,” Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts,” and “Designing Descriptive and Access Systems.”


Up Front

News, trends, and analysis of interest to you and your organization


Thanks to Our Advertisers:

·        Institute of Certified Records Managers

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·        The Sedona Conference Institute on eDiscovery

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