Magazine article Information Management

Celebrate ARMA! (from the President)

Magazine article Information Management

Celebrate ARMA! (from the President)

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In New Orleans this fall our conference theme will be "Celebrate the Profession." However, my theme for this coming year is going to be "Celebrate ARMA" because ARMA is so much more than simply the profession.

Over the past few years there has been an ongoing debate as to just what "the profession" is. Our tag line says we are the "Association for Information Management Professionals," but we know that all of us wear many hats and have such diverse titles and responsibilities that we can't pigeonhole what we do into any one specific professional area. Does a librarian who handles company records have to give up that title for another? Does an IT professional who handles e-mail and electronic records qualify as a records manager? Should a records manager who handles records in their electronic format be categorized as an IT manager instead? When historical records become a full-blown archive, does the job title of the person handling them change? Our continuing challenge is to put together the many puzzle pieces that make up the diverse field of information management into one association without slighting any of them.

As business and technology changes, our jobs evolve. …

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