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    InfoPro: November 2017

    Nov 16, 2017

    Message From the CEO

    Welcome to this month’s InfoPro

    What was my favorite part of ARMA Live 2017? That’s a tough call because there was such a great energy and a true shift in the conversation about the value of our profession and our professionals. In the end, though, my favorite part was connecting with the members, which gave me a better understanding of the various perspectives of the ARMA community and a glimpse into a day in the life of our members.

    From conversations I had in Orlando and in the weeks following, I will share with you a few that really struck a chord.

    Is it just me or does it feel like the right time? This is a comment I heard time and time again. Yes, you each have challenges in your organization and your chapter, and ARMA has challenges as well, but there’s a growing contingent in our community who believe things are starting to come together. We’re getting a more united voice when it comes to terminology and competencies. Stakeholders are starting to pay attention, and many of you are taking advantage of these variables to move the needle for your career and to strengthen your engagement in the ARMA community. Our conference theme of Agents of Change really resonated and was effectively woven throughout the programming and conversations that week.

    How is ARMA really doing? This question came up in several conversations – some in the context of the data I shared about association trends during my State of the Association remarks. Many associations are struggling with aging demographics, outdated technology, and cultures that can be resistant to change, and ARMA is no different. And sometimes it came up in the context of questions about ARMA’s transparency and financial health. I’m glad these questions are being asked because they show that you care! And they give us the chance to show how our plans for improved communications and transparency are aligned with your needs. Getting timely messages to all of our members, volunteers, and partners (and getting them consumed) is no small feat these days because there is so much communication noise to compete with. But we’re working hard to do just that.

    Lately we’ve been sharing our record and our vision more than ever – at our regional and chapter meetings, in virtual meetings with region leaders, at our national conference, and through our ongoing communications. Within these platforms, we’ve shared everything from financial trends, membership trends, association trends, survey results, goals, and strategies for the future.

    So, how is ARMA really doing? We’ve faced challenges over the last five years. We can do better. And we are doing better. Thanks to the hard work of the board and HQ staff, our financial situation is solid and stable, and our future is brimming with exciting new initiatives. In mid-December, for instance, you’ll see our new website, which will be a remarkable improvement over our current one. You’ll be able to do more and do it more easily, and you’ll be kept up to date more effectively on industry and association news. In combination with the new ARMA.org, you’ll get a new learning management system (LMS) that will make it easier for you to take and track ARMA online education. Also, if you haven’t heard the buzz, we’ll soon publish the Information Governance Body of Knowledge (IGBOK®), which will be the only comprehensive reference based on globally accepted information governance (IG) standards and best practices. This will give it the weight and authority to transform IG just as the PMBOK changed the project management profession. And, of course, we’re already planning for ARMA Live! 2018, which takes place in Anaheim in October. For those who could not attend ARMA Live! 2017, you can view some of the highlights on the up-and-running ARMA Live! 2018 website. I also encourage you to sign up for the ARMA Live Virtual Conference, which will share the best sessions from the Orlando conference and is free to professional members. 

    What else can we do? This is my favorite question. It comes back to the unparalleled passion and commitment of our ARMA community. And at the highest level, this is my answer: We need boots-on-the-ground efforts for recruitment and retention, especially with our newest members. We also need to focus on a more united message about ARMA’s authentic industry perspectives, standards, and best practices. Then this message needs to be shared with all potential members, shared interest groups, and stakeholders. Elevating the profession and the professionals who manage and govern information is what will cement the ARMA community well into the future – and we have to do it together!  

    My best regards,

    Jocelyn Gunter, IGP, CPA
    CEO, ARMA International


    New ARMA Website Set to Launch in Mid December

    Soon you’ll be able to enjoy a smoother, more engaging, more efficient experience with ARMA.org. Next month we’ll unveil our new website, which will provide you with more opportunities to connect with your peers, with experts, and with solution providers. With the new website will come increased transparency and improved ways to monitor the news, social media, and our events calendar.

    To prepare for this transition, please take note of these two items:

    The transition will affect 'in progress' online courses. Because our learning management system (LMS) will change as well, the transition will not accommodate partially finished online education programs. Thus, if you are taking or wish to take online education, all courses or sessions that you have begun but not completed MUST be finished by Friday, December 8, at 11:59 p.m. (CST). All completed online education and credits will transfer over to the new LMS, but your progress in partially finished online education programs will not.

    You will have a new membership login. As we approach the launch of the website, you will receive a new username and password for the new website. Once the new site is launched, you will no longer use your e-mail address. 

    Soon you'll receive FAQs and tutorials in time to help you navigate the new website and enjoy a smooth LMS experience.


    Find Out Why it's So Popular: Attend the Virtual Conference - FREE to Members!

    Members and associate members can participate in the ARMA Live! 2017 Virtual Conference for FREE! Register now for this interactive event, which features four highly-rated education sessions, as evaluated by conference participants, and a virtual exhibition hall. 

    Each session includes live text-chat with subject matter experts and solution providers. The exhibit hall – presented by the virtual conference exhibitors – displays top industry solutions and resources.

    • When: Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. CST. A schedule of events is now available.
    • Where: Your computer!
    • Cost: FREE to professional and associate members /$169 for friends of ARMA ($200 value!)
    • Credits: IGP up to 4.5 hours, pending pre-approval; ICRM up to 4.0 hours, pending pre-approval
    • On demand: If you cannot make the scheduled viewing time, you can access the archived virtual conference seminars on demand through Dec. 8, 2017.
    For more details and to register, visit the event's page. To exhibit in the virtual conference! contact Paula Banes, the exposition manager.


    FREE Legal Education in ARMA Track at LegalTECH New York

    Save the date of February 1 . . . that’s when the ARMA education track airs at LegalTECH New York. The track is titled “2018: Integrating Information Governance with Risk Mitigation.” 

    ARMA International members are invited to register for FREE for the following activities:
    • ARMA track of 3 sessions on the final day
    • Admission to the Day 3 Keynote address
    • Exhibit Hall activities
    You’ll be eligible for these IGP credits: 1 GEN; 2 Legal. You may also register for the other days of LegalTECH for 50% off the early bird price. 

    REGISTRATION DISCOUNT CODE: ARMA18

    Register here!


    Nov/Dec IM Magazine Helps You Prepare for the ‘What if . . .?’

    Questions that begin with “What if” are sometimes reactive, not proactive, as in “What if we had done things differently?” See the November-December issue of Information Management magazine, available soon, for insights from the experts on ways to capture and record your organization’s tacit knowledge before it slips out the door; on ways to acquaint yourself with blockchain technology before it hits your organization; on ways to protect beyond the perimeter in case your data is targeted by cyber-crooks; and on how to develop a project plan for a vital records program before it’s too late. These articles are designed to help you avoid having to ask "What if we had been better prepared?"


    ARMA Detroit Golf Outing Helps Build Relationships

    For much of the Detroit chapter’s history it has hosted an annual golf outing. Although the event has evolved over the years, one thing remains constant: a good time is had by everyone who attends. In more recent years the outing has become one of the chapter’s premier social networking events. It is primarily marketed to members and prospects, but it also has become a large marketing component of the annual sponsorship program. Attendance is generally around 30-40, so the sponsors who attend enjoy a casual and intimate networking opportunity. 

    The event appeals to players of all skill levels with its scramble format and the fact that it’s played on one of southeast Michigan’s full-length par-3 courses. After golfing, participants enjoy a fantastic BBQ picnic-style lunch and prize drawings. Costs for the event are all-inclusive and have virtually remained flat for the past 10 years because of generous sponsors. Net proceeds—approximately $1,000 each year—are split between the chapter's charitable giving activities (e.g., AIEF) and its operating budget to help defray educational programming costs. While the golf outing continues to be a great source of revenue each year, the networking, camaraderie, and relationship-building are what truly benefit the chapter and make it strong.

    Visit Chapter Central for lots of information on ARMA chapters and for resources that can help the chapters do even greater work.


    Help Them Feel at Home: Join the New Member Welcome Team

    The ARMA New Member Welcome Team is seeking a few more volunteers to provide warm welcomes to new members. Volunteers will be asked to make a short call to three or four new members each month.

    Your call will begin building the all-important member relationship. Joining the team can also give you, the volunteer, a richer peer network because every new member brings unique skills and experiences to the community.

    For more information, visit here. Please contact Chrissy Bagby if you have questions.



    The ARMA New Member Welcome Team is seeking a few more volunteers to provide warm welcomes to new members. Volunteers will be asked to make a short call to three or four new members each month.

    Your call will begin building the all-important member relationship. Joining the team can also give you, the volunteer, a richer peer network because every new member brings unique skills and experiences to the community.

    For more information, visit here. Please contact Chrissy Bagby if you have questions.
    The ARMA New Member Welcome Team is seeking a few more volunteers to provide warm welcomes to new members. Volunteers will be asked to make a short call to three or four new members each month.

    Your call will begin building the all-important member relationship. Joining the team can also give you, the volunteer, a richer peer network because every new member brings unique skills and experiences to the community.

    For more information, visit here. Please contact Chrissy Bagby if you have questions.
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