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If you’re looking for a solid introduction to the field of records management and the reasons the role is so vital today, then What is RIM? is your answer. This online course discusses the common tasks and components of a RIM program with an eye on its benefits to an organization’s bottom line.
The course introduces such topics as the business case for a RIM program, the latest tools and technologies, privacy and security in the electronic age, standards and best practices, risk management, and much more.  
While newcomers can benefit from taking What is RIM? as a stand-alone course, it is also designed as the first entry in the Essentials of RIM Certificate Program.
Each section contains learning objectives, audio, and review questions, and you can download printable course notes for easy offline reading and review.

You have 12 months from the date of registration to complete the course.
Estimated time of completion: 1.0 hour
ICRM Maintenance Credits: 1.0
Domain:  RIM Practices         Level: 1
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1.     Explain why a strong RIM program is essential to an organization’s success
2.     Identify the components of a successful RIM program
3.     Identify key standards and regulations that apply to RIM
4.     List the tools and technologies that are commonly used in a successful RIM program

Section 1: The Business Case for a Strong RIM Program
Upon completion of this section, participants will be able to:
1.     State why RIM programs are typically created
2.     Describe why good records management is important to an organization
3.     Explain how the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® and the Information Governance Maturity Model are beneficial in establishing or evaluating a RIM program
4.     Describe the roles of upper management, legal, and IT in establishing a successful RIM program

Section 2: Key Components of a RIM Program
Upon completion of this section, participants will be able to:
1.     Cite some considerations for a RIM program’s reporting structure
2.     List the five aspects of information management with which formal records management is principally concerned
3.     State the items a records management policy statement should include
4.     Identify the four types of risk in records management
5.     Describe the five most common choices for managing risk
6.     Explain the role of RIM training in an organization

Section 3: Standards and Best Practices
Upon completion of this section, participants will be able to:
1.     Explain why the standards are important is records management
2.     List the American National Standards Institute's four requirements for setting standards
3.     Identify some of the worldwide standard-setting organizations, RIM associations and RIM organizations
4.     Describe the value of ISO 15489-1:2001 (E) and ISO 23081
5.     Explain what The Principles are and why they are important
6.     Describe how the Information Governance Maturity Model can be used to establish and audit RIM programs

Section 4: RIM Tools and Technology
Upon completion of this section, participants will be able to:
1.     Explain the challenge of managing electronic records and the steps involved in establishing an electronic records management (ERM) program
2.     Define electronic document management system (EDMS) and electronic records management system (ERMS)
3.     Explain what metadata is and why it is important
4.     Describe some of the software programs available for ERM
5.     Define micrographics, microforms, microimages, microfilm, microfiche, and computer-output microfilm
6.     Describe how active physical records are stored and filed
7.     Describe how inactive physical records are stored
8.     Explain the challenge of managing records on portable devices
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