Welcome to the January/February 2016 issue of Information Management!

Celebrating a New Year – and 50 Years of Success!

This first issue of 2016 includes two special sections. The first recognizes the beginning of the 50th volume year of this publication – as Records Management Quarterly (1967-1998), then Information Management Journal (1999-2008), and since 2009 as Information Management. Its success is due to the talented executive editors that preceded me: William Benedon, CRM, FAI; Ira Penn, CRM-R, FAI; J. Michael Pemberton, Ph.D., CRM, FAI; Julie Gable, CRM, CDIA, FAI; and Cynthia Launchbaugh. The second special section, Best of ARMA Live! 2015 recognizes the individuals, chapters, and organizations who were honored at the 60th Annual Conference & Expo held Oct. 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

This issue also includes the first article in the new Fellows Forum series, which will in each issue feature an author who has been named a fellow of ARMA International (FAI). Our FAIs, having distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements and contributions to the profession and noteworthy accomplishments at all levels of the association, have a vast amount of knowledge and experience to share. This is well-demonstrated by our first contributor, April Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI, who writes about how you can propel your career by taking on a privacy role in your organization.

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InFocus: A Message from the Editor
Vicki Wiler

Honoring 50 Years of Success

It’s a tremendous honor to be at the helm of the records and information profession’s premier magazine as it begins its 50th volume year. Its success is due to the expertise and generosity of the records and information professionals who have shared their knowledge by authoring and editing the thousands of articles that have been published in its pages since 1967.

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


EU Privacy Regulations’ Impact on Information Governance
Teresa Pritchard Schoch, J.D., IGP, CRM, CIPP, CIP

Two recent European Union (EU) privacy actions – The General Data Protection Regulation and the invalidation of the U.S. Safe Harbor Framework – as well its ruling about EU citizens’ “right to be forgotten,” are changing the way organizations in other countries must govern the personal information of EU citizens. These actions also may be providing the urgency required for some organizations to initiate or improve information governance (IG) programs, bringing IG to the forefront of organizational strategy.

Fellows Forum Series
Pursue Privacy Roles to Propel Your Career
April Dmytrenko, CRM, FAI

With the current hyper-focus on protecting information assets, this is an optimum time for records and information management professionals to leverage their commonalities with their privacy counterparts and expand their role – or even take the lead – in their organizations’ privacy efforts.  

Going Viral: Marketing Your RIM Program to Drive Culture Change
Andrew Altepeter

Even the most carefully developed records and information management (RIM) program cannot be effective if it does a high level of awareness among employees across the organization. Using a mixture of traditional and innovative marketing techniques can raise a RIM program’s profile and the influence it needs to be successful.  

CaseStudy Sub-feature
Preserving Appalachian History, 100 Terabytes and Counting
Mike Quinn

A cloud-based digital preservation system solved Berea College’s growing storage problem and helped make its vast Appalachian sound and video archive universally and easily accessible.

TechTrends Sub-feature

The Role of Automation in FOIA Compliance
Cindy Dillow

Technology is evolving to meet the challenges of responding to the escalating and evolving types of Freedom of Information Act requests at all levels of government.

Special Section: 50th Year
Strokes… from the Penn (Redux)
Ira A. Penn, CRM-R, FAI

Despite the buzzwords created to describe its evolution, records management is still really about office efficiency, this former Records Management Quarterly editor declares.

Special Section: 50th Year
Disasters, Regulation, Technology Drive Decade of Change for RIM
Julie Gable, CRM, CDIA, FAI

The challenges of the changing business environment in the first decade of this millennium have produced sophisticated records and information management professionals that are legally well-versed, technically savvy, and financially aware, this former editor writes.

Special Section: 2015 Annual Conference & Expo
ARMA Live! 2015 Best of Show

Washington, D.C., was the location for the extraordinary Expo, education sessions, networking opportunities, and social events at ARMA International’s 60th Annual Conference & Expo on Oct 5-7. This special section highlights the best of ARMA Live! 2015: the individuals, chapters, and organizations that won honors.


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