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professional development

Sheila Taylor to teach at U of T’s iSchool

Sheila Taylor, MLIS, IGP, CRM has been appointed as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s iSchool (Faculty of Information) to teach the Managing Organizational Records I course in the winter 2015 term.  This is a required course for students in two concentrations of the iSchool’s Master of Information program: archives and records management, and

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certification

UPDATE: RIM Professional Development White Paper

We substantially revised our RIM Professional Development in Canada: Records and Information Management Competencies, Positions, Education, and Certifications white paper which was originally published as a fall 2013 supplement to Carswell’s Records and Information Management service. In addition to updating URLs, publication titles, statistics, and fees if/as required, several sections of the white paper were significantly revised

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business processes

Sheila Taylor Quoted in Canadian Lawyer magazine

Sheila Taylor was one of several experts interviewed by Luis Millan for the cover story on Information Governance in the November/December 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Although the article focuses on information governance (IG) in law firms, the information and guidance provided are applicable to any organization struggling with operational or legal concerns regarding  information. The article provides

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admissibility

Alberta Court Validates the CGSB Documentary Evidence Standards

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) standards for documentary evidence (Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence (CAN/CGSB 72.34-2005) and Microfilm and Electronic Images as Documentary Evidence (CAN/CGSB 72.11-93) were recently used to establish the admissibility of records in a case before the Provincial Court of Alberta.  The judge’s ruling (R. v. Oler, 2014 ABPC 130) concerns a drunk driving

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admissibility

Testifying in court as a RIM expert witness: An interview with Uta Fox, CRM

If you’re like me, you’ve likely read articles by or heard conference presentations from Records Managers in the US who have testified in court regarding their organizations’ RIM practices.  To the best of my knowledge, Uta Fox, CRM – the Manager, Records and Information @ the Calgary Police Service – is the first Records Manager to testify as an

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Update on the University of Toronto’s RM Certificates

In case you missed the announcement earlier this year, all of the iSchool Institute’s courses (including its two records management certificates) are now run by the university’s School of Continuing Studies. With one exception, the fall 2014 term courses will be taught by the same instructors as in past years. Katherine Chornoboy, Steve Knight, Caroline

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admissibility

Snapchat-like applications coming to the office soon?

You’ve likely heard of Snapchat, the beloved app of teenagers (and others) for sending disappearing selfies.  And you’ve likely discounted this popular service (which sends approximately 400M photos/day) as appealing only to consumers. But wait . . . there’s evidence that the vendor community is already developing corporate equivalents of Snapchat’s disappearing functionality that may

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communication

Organizational Data + An Internet Connection = A Recipe for Disaster

For many years, most organizations have had policies governing employees’ use of e-mail (e.g. no political solicitations, no profanity, etc.) and the Internet (e.g. don’t download or share information that’s offensive, illegal, discriminatory, etc.). And many organizations are in the process of implementing policies to guide employees on what organizational information/data can (and cannot) be

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electronic records

RIM and SharePoint: Some Resources

If you’re like me, you’ve probably read a lot of articles about SharePoint’s business benefits (e.g. collaboration, workflows, etc.) but rarely found articles that discuss the RIM implications of implementing this increasingly ubiquitous technology.  You’ve also probably searched in vain for RIM information in books about SharePoint.  And apart from some sessions at ARMA conferences

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    That's A Lot of Records!
    Often the requirement for a needs assessment is driven by a specific initiative being considered or an immediate problem to be solved, rather than a general desire to establish a corporate (or organization-wide) IM program. We had a client wanting to improve its management of a specific group of critical records – thousands of member files in paper, microform and digital formats containing hundreds of unique document types.
    Assess, Plan and Schedule
    Ergo reviewed the organization’s current practices for managing those records, compared those practices to best practices, and identified risks and areas for improvement. From there we developed a strategic plan with a focus on records storage and retention. The plan identified the operational, financial and technological requirements for implementing the recommended changes, improvements and enhancements in the lifecycle management of the member records. Activities in the plan were classified as short term (next 6-12 months), medium term (next 12-24 months) and longer term (next 25+ months).
    Step by Step Success
    Implementation of the strategic plan enabled this organization to ensure its member records are properly identified, organized, accessible, protected and retained as long as necessary to meet operational and other requirements.
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