Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, January-February

Company E-Mail: To Monitor or Not to Monitor. (Up Front: News, Trends & Analysis)
Access to e-mail and the Internet has been widely considered a workplace benefit in the last decade, but some companies are revisiting their usage policies. The 2001 Electronic Policies and Practices (EPP) Survey, a recent survey from the American...
Does E-Mail Belong in the Courtroom? (Up Front: News, Trends & Analysis)
Prosecutors involved in the recent Microsoft antitrust case thought so. While the case was settled by the software company and the federal government a few months ago, it helped set a precedent that corporate e-mail can be used in litigation, and it...
Do You Know Where Your Vital Records Are? (Up Front: News, Trends & Analysis)
The sight of documents raining from the sky as the World Trade Center towers fell to the ground September 11 will stay in the public mind for some time. As a result of this massive destruction, many organizations are now examining how they are protecting...
Exposing Legal Land Mines: Protecting the Privacy and Integrity of E-Records Is a Critical Issue for Information Professionals; Understanding E-Records Laws and Company Policies Can Help. (Legal Watch)
The legal landscape is changing rapidly with the passage of new laws whose intent is to bring technology under control through the legal system. These new laws provide guidance not only on what is considered an electronic record or electronic signature...
Global Commerce and the Privacy Clash: There Are Critical Gaps in the Privacy Rights Laws of Europe and the United States That Pose a Major Challenge to Companies Embracing Global Commerce. (Global Outlook)
A U.S. software company sets up operations in 25 countries worldwide: some in Europe, others in Asia, one in Australia. In the United States, there are no provisions the company must abide by regarding the use of customer personal data gathered by...
Has IT Become More Important in Recent Months? (Up Front: News, Trends & Analysis)
Information technology (IT) has taken on a new significance since September 11. IT tools are being relied upon more heavily to facilitate disaster recovery, e-learning, overseas outsourcing, supply chain management, and staff management -- functions...
Information Education in the 21st Century: To Stay Competitive in Today's Business Environment, Information Professionals Will Need to Broaden Their Knowledge through More Comprehensive Educational Tools. (Career Path)
The contributions of educational programs to any profession are important. Among other things, they help determine the nature and content of professional fields, offer aspiring practitioners courses that impart theory and best practices, carry out...
Leap of Faith: Meet Three RIM Professionals Who Have Boldly Made the Leap into Executive Leadership Positions
Twenty years ago, V. Chapman-Smith was a library research assistant, wondering where her career would take her. She wanted to advance in the records and information profession to an executive role within a company. Was she afraid? Without a doubt....
Resolved: To Be the Best. (in Focus: A Message from the Editors)
Here we are again at the start of a new year. This is the time when many of us become introspective. We examine our goals for the future -- where do we want to be next year at this time? Three years from now? Ten years from now? Those are the same...
Strategic Information Management: Understanding a New Reality
"We sit on the edge of a cliff, where radical new technology is rising up to us with a force so powerful that it will transform our landscape. The rules of commerce are shifting rapidly, with explosive new business models taking shape by the minute....
The Changing Political Landscape: The War on Terrorism Delays Congressional Action on Privacy, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and E-Government. (Capital Edge: Legislative & Regulatory Update)
The recent terrorist attacks on the United States have radically changed political agendas worldwide. The pre-September 11, 2001, U.S. legislative agenda has been postponed until well into the 2002 session of Congress. Both the U.S. House of Representatives...
The Digital Future: A Look Ahead: Information Management Professionals Will Find New Challenges, Strategies, and Approaches in Store with Digital Preservation. (Tech Trends)
At the Core This article: * Examines the `three critical aspects of digital preservation * Discusses the various approaches to preserving information integrity over time * Looks at three strategies for a short- or long-term implementation...
The Evolving Information World: Information Professionals Who Adapt to Today's Changing Business Environment Will Find That New Roles, Practices, and Opportunities Lie Ahead
The information profession is undergoing cataclysmic change. Factors such as digital technology, the Internet, and wireless communication all drive the information future. The world has moved from Generation X to Generation D* -- a digitally connected...
The IM Building Blocks
At the Core This article: * Explores the concerns of executives within the framework of information management program development * Introduces new concepts to the information management community * Presents a high-level, staged framework...
The War on Terrorism: Cyberterrorists Beware. (Up Front: News, Trends & Analysis)
Hackers "know computers inside and out, how to make them dance the dance and sing the song," a computer hacker-endorsing Web site claims. With more companies on alert about computer system break-ins and the need to protect privileged information, the...
Welcome to the New Wireless Culture: From Personal Digital Assistants to Pagers and Cell Phones, Wireless Technologies Are Greatly Influencing the Nature of Business. (Tech Trends)
On a Monday morning as a doctor commutes to work, she checks her PalmPilot to review clinical data gathered on patients by nurses during the early morning hours. Her patients' medical information is updated hourly on her personal digital assistant...