Meet Amy Van Artsdalen, IGP, CRM
Amy Van Artsdalen is the enterprise records and information management operations manager for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and have been an ARMA International member for nearly four years. ARMA received this nomination from Jeff Mondon:
I would like to nominate Amy Van Artsdalen, CRM, IGP, for the member spotlight recognition. Amy joined the Enterprise RIM team at PG&E last year and quickly established herself as a leader. She has worked tirelessly with the organization's lines of businesses to conduct a full review of the records retention schedule as well as draft guidance documents for the enterprise. Amy is a Certified Records Manager and also received her certification as an Information Governance Professional.
Amy has been instrumental in revitalizing our team's involvement with the Mt. Diablo and Golden Gate local ARMA International chapters. She contributed to the development of a presentation for Mt. Diablo that focused on creative ways to enhance employee knowledge of the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® and the enterprise RIM responsibilities. This session also was presented to the Golden Gate chapter.
Amy has served on the board of the Golden Gate chapter for several years, and she is deeply committed to the success of the group and its members. In June, she coordinated the first of what we expect to be many hostings of a chapter meeting. The discussion panel members shared their perspectives on how RIM and IT can collaborate to support information governance objectives.
Lastly, and certainly not in the least, Amy has an enthusiastic passion that inspires all of us to learn and grow from the RIM professionals in our area and throughout the country.
Amy is a great fit for the Member Spotlight, an honor meant to recognize members’ involvement within the profession and the association. If you would like to network with Amy, you can contact her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyvanartsdalen
What prompted you to join ARMA International?
ARMA International provided the resources I needed to be sure that our programs were built using industry best practices and standards.
Have you held any leadership positions within the association?
I’ve been the communications director for my local chapter, Golden Gate.
What do you enjoy most about the information governance or records management profession?
The profession is very dynamic and fast paced! The RIM and IG landscape is constantly changing with the ebb and flow of technology, from social media to legal holds and from cloud storage to dark data. Because everyone has a responsibility for information and records management, the profession affords the ability to work with a wide variety of people. When I speak with people unfamiliar with records you can almost sense a yawn coming from deep within. I’ve seen a look in their eyes – a glazed look, seeming to say, “What in the world is she talking about?” After a few long, protracted moments, you wear them down and they realize resistance is futile. They begin to understand the importance of records and the impact records have in the work they do and in their personal lives. They become excited. Many move on to become champions for RIM and information governance!
What would you consider to be your career highlight or greatest success (e.g., a project or designation)?
My career highlight was obtaining the CRM and IGP certifications in the same year. Also, I was a first-time presenter at the 2015 ARMA conference in Washington, D.C. I’m not sure how I’ll ever top that in my lifetime!
Congratulations! You earned your Information Governance Professional (IGP) certification in 2015. Why did you decide to pursue the IGP certification?
The competency domains of the IGP requires a broad range of subject matter expertise and offers a very current view of technology and its impacts on information governance. Since I had just passed the CRM, some of the subject matter was very similar. I thought I might be able to effectively redirect the knowledge into the IGP.
Do you or did you have a mentor who has helped you in the information governance or records management fields?
I don’t have a mentor, but my director and senior director have been extremely supportive of my efforts.
Is there an industry tip or best practice you’d like to share?
Attend ARMA meetings and network with other people. I love hearing about what others are doing at their place of business to promote RIM and IG. I’ve been able to incorporate their ideas into the projects that I’m working on allowing me to continually improve the program.
What is your favorite ARMA International experience?
I really enjoyed attending the congressional ice cream social during the 2015 ARMA Conference in Washington, D.C. Speaking with the representatives who attended was such an amazing experience. The Interns were a delight, as many of them just came for the ice cream but became genuinely interested in talking with us about records.
What advice would you give to an individual considering information governance as a career?
If you want a dynamic career, you will not go wrong with information governance and records management. The profession is extremely challenging and rewarding. You will work with many different kinds of people and will receive personal satisfaction each time you are able to help someone manage information and records. From archives to zip files, you will learn something new every day!
On the personal side, Amy shared some of her favorites.
What is your favorite place to visit?
My husband and I love to travel and have enjoyed visiting Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and Mexico. It’s hard to name one. As always, there’s no place like home.
What are your favorite movies?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Sound of Music, and Ratatouille
What is your favorite quote?
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
Is there anything else you would like to add?
One day I told my senior director that I would write a blues song about RIM. We were all working so hard and with very long hours. After many months, I just sat down and wrote the lyrics to a song lovingly called the ERIM Blues. My husband plays the guitar, so we actually wrote it together. I was able to share it with some of our RIM managers and leads during a team meeting. It was a hoot! They got to sing the chorus, which was great. I feel you have to take RIM/IG humor when you can get it.
I love food and have a food blog and a Facebook page called National Food Day. Surprisingly, most every day is some kind of celebration of food.
I love photography, especially food, landscape, and astrophotography.