Current Issue

Welcome to the January/February 2017 issue of Information Management –
In its New Digital-Only Format!

Information Management Magazine - Jan 2017The phrase “out with the old, in with the new” is given lots of play this time of year, and we can apply it to a certain degree here. While we no longer mass produce a printed version of the magazine, this new and improved digital version does retain the popular features you’ve grown accustomed to and have found informative over the years - and it does much more! It has a responsive design that enables you to read it easily on virtually any device, and its layout retains the look and feel of a printed magazine. In coming issues, we’ll introduce some new interactive features, including “how to” videos and polling on topics of interest to you.

Check out the new issue by clicking on the individual article links below or by visiting here to browse this issue. 

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Departments

InFocus: A Message from the Editor
Vicki Wiler 
New Year, New Format, and Same Commitment to Value and Relevance

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

Features

A Profession in Peril: Charting a Way Forward for RIM in North America
Donald C. Force, Ph.D.
The records and information management (RIM) profession faces an uncertain future. A large percentage of RIM professionals is on the cusp of retirement, and there is a shortage of emerging ones prepared to fill their positions. This article focuses on the factors that have produced this peril and suggests what might be done to improve the profession’s outlook. 

At the Edge of the Cloud: The Fog
Brent Gatewood, CRM
Having become accustomed to all the implications of governing information in the cloud, information governance professionals are well-positioned to lead their organizations into “fog computing,” ensuring that they are taking advantage of its benefits while mitigating its risks.

Fellows Forum Series 
Identifying Points of Integration for True Information Governance
Susan Goodman, IGP, CRM, CIPP-US, CIPM, CIP, FAI
To get executive support for a truly integrated information governance (IG) program, IG professionals must be able to align the IG strategy to the organization’s goals, depict the program’s overarching structure, and describe the necessary functional integration. The article suggests the points of integration among the IG component functions for two areas: legal preservation/records holds and information lifecycle management.

Spotlights

CareerPath
Survey Design Basics for Information Professionals
Nancy Dupre Barnes, Ph.D., CRM, CA
This article introduces basic survey design concepts, laying the foundation for those wanting to advance their knowledge about gathering information through surveys – an important competency for information governance professionals.

Tech Trends
Enterprise Content Management as an Information Governance Enabler
William Saffady, Ph.D., FAI
This excerpt from the just-published Information  Concepts, Methods, and Technologies provides an overview of enterprise content management, describes its characteristics, and discusses its importance to nearly all information governance stakeholders.

In Review 
Exploring Ontologies and Their Value to Information Professionals
Amy Van Artsdalen, IGP, CRM
As a good introduction and exploration of ontologies, Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals is a useful resource for its intended audience, but especially for those trying to define taxonomies for their organization, increase organic search, and work with growing data sets. 

In Review
Advice for Avoiding Layoffs and Closures in Special Libraries
Mo Khamouna
In times of financial difficulty, special libraries have to prove their value to their organizations. Special Libraries: A Survival Guide provides advice and examples of the ways special librarians have found to avoid becoming victims of layoffs.

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

Shaping the Future of Information
Diane Carlisle, IGP, CRM, and Vicki Wiler
The range of the challenges ahead for RIM and information governance (IG) professionals is broad – from the Internet of Things (IoT), block chain technology, and big data to the impact of the sharing economy.  This article captures not only the challenges, as discussed by a panel of four experts during a keynote session at ARMA International’s Annual Conference and Expo a few months ago, but also the opportunities they see arising out of those challenges for information professionals.

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News for ARMA International Members

Opportunities for ARMA International Members

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