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2011 Great Northwest Region Chapter Awards

Medium Chapter Category
Honorable Mention
Columbia Basin Chapter

Medium Chapter Category
Boise Valley Chapter

Large Chapter Category
Oregon Chapter

Honorable Mention
Great Northwest Region

Oregon Chapter

(Awarded to only one chapter in each chapter size category)
Medium Chapter Category
Columbia Basin Chapter

Bronze Level
Alaska Chapter
Greater Seattle Chapter
Columbia Basin Chapter
Oregon Chapter

(Awarded to all chapters that increased their membership over the year)
Bellevue/Eastside Chapter
Boise Valley Chapter
Greater Seattle Chapter
Columbia Basin Chapter
Oregon Chapter

The Great Northwest Region ARMA Ball of Goodness for October does not just go to one chapter. For their outstanding efforts and major award wins, an ARMA Ball of Goodness goes to the Boise Valley, Columbia Basin, and Oregon Chapters! Thank you all for making our region shine!

2011 Breast Cancer Fundraiser 

A Huge Thank You to everyone for your generous support of our fundraiser for Breast Cancer in support of one of own. Puget Sound won the bragging rights for the most money raised. Having my head shaved was a new experience for me, but well worth it. We raised over $1300. Thanks also to Dave McDermott, Bruce Walters, and Matt Rice for joining in. You’re great sports.

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RIM University

Registration & the Fall 2016 Semester Syllabus are now available!

Course Information

When: September 20 through December 6, 2 PM EST
Where: Online
Cost: FREE
Credits: CRM: 1 credit per class
Instructor: Mitch Farbstein, Dean of RMU
Questions: Contact us at [email protected]

What Is RMU?

Welcome to Records Management University, a series of online courses dedicated to serving Records Management professionals, now in its fourth semester. Why should you register? Just ask any of over 5,000 RM & IG professionals, just like you, who have already joined us!

Let RMU Dean of Records Management, Mitch Farbstein, lead you through this educational, informational, and fun webinar course. We will spotlight the latest news, innovations, theory and concepts, critical industry issues, best practices, tips and tricks, how-to’s, and new advances in technology in Records Management. This is for everyone, experts and novices alike. Each of the 6 classes will focus on a different critical topic and last an hour.

Attention Records Managers: Each RMU session is pre-approved for 1 CRM Certification Maintenance Credit (CMP) from the Institute of Certified Records Managers up to 6 CRM credits (one for each class).

Fall 2016 Syllabus

In this fourth semester of Records Management University, we leave our great sea-faring discoverers of the third semester and explore records management through the theme of prominent and obscure global inventors and innovators. Come join Feith for another informative and entertaining examination of the fascinating world of records management. As in the past, the six scheduled webinar sessions will be presented over a 13 week period, alternating Tuesdays at 2:00 PM Eastern US time.

Each session will run approximately one hour. Sessions are intended to go beyond the basics of records management and take a holistic view of the discipline touching on records management fundamentals, organizational behavior, governance and regulations, advanced records functionality, promotion and success measurement. Join over 3,500 previous participants from the first three semesters of RMU.

Attracting allies and evangelists: The Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg class.

September 20, 2016 – Marketing RM for organizational acceptance and adoption. RMU’s pre-ARMA national show in San Antonio.
Before Mr. Gutenberg developed his invention, it was a lot easier to manage records. Now that he did, you need to make sure that your organization embraces the need for records management. In this session we will examine ways to promote the benefits of records management so that you get organizational buy-in, even if unique approaches need to be invented. Without buy-in, acceptance and adoption, the information in the next five RMU sessions become less important since you probably won’t have a job.

A clear view of the task: The Katherine Blodgett class.

October 4, 2016 – Establishing File Plans and Categories.
File Plans and Categories are innovations that have emerged from that awesome invention–records management. The success of your records management efforts require a well defined File Plan and associated Categories (Six enough, twelve too many?). How do you implement a balanced category strategy so that they are meaningful and not burdensome to the user community. Do we need to invent an approach beyond Capstone, Capstone Plus, Big Bucket or infinite granularity to meet regulations?

Simplicity versus complexity: The Rube Goldberg class.

October 18, 2016 – Dealing with the layers and intricacies of integrated RM and existing information silos.
Rube’s the master of invention when it comes to making inventions more complex than they really need to be. Organizations have struggled in their efforts to consolidate records management into a single solution. This is especially true in decentralized organizations with numerous independent information silos. There are a lot of convoluted and overly sophisticated approaches that eventually become very unwieldy and eventually fail. We will explore the challenges of integrating disparate information silos and simplifying the effort while reducing the risk of failure.

Secure and unsecure environments: The Hedy Lamarr class.

November 1, 2016 – Formalizing, fulfilling, tracking and auditing requests for physical and electronic records.
Now that you have the records store under control, how do you manage access and prevent the propagation of secondary and tertiary copies of records and jeopardize the disposition schema. How will you track requests for records retrieval and distribution in your organization, and audit that activity? Physical and electronic records pose different control challenges that need to be understood. There are also commonalities of the two that proper planning will help to reduce the effort.

How big will big be: The Hans Lippershey class.

November 15, 2016 – Looking into the future of RM.
The computer industry keeps inventing new terms to label data beyond gigabytes, terabytes and petabytes. How much data is your organization going to be able to realistically handle and at what cost? The amount of data a three year retention period covered five or ten years ago is a lot different than what is managed today during the same time period, and will significantly grow in the future. Where are all these bits and bytes originating from and how will your organization capture, manage and destroy or transfer at disposition time. Capturing, storing and managing information longer than necessary is very costly and resource intensive, but I know that you have a lot of time and loose change sitting around.

What is the measurement of RM success: The John Vincent Atanasoff class.

December 6, 2016 – There are inventions that measure almost everything that occurs in the universe. How about one that measures records management success.
So how do you know if your records management efforts are being successful? Unfortunately, in many cases you are so focused on your day-to-day RM job just to keep your head above water, there is no time to invent a tool to help you evaluate your efforts. And, you need one in order to come full circle with this semester’s first class: “Marketing RM for organizational acceptance and adoption.” We will explore inventing your instrument of measurement and leveraging the results.

In preparation of the Fall Semester, and to have a more relevant RMU experience, if you are unfamiliar with any of the inventors, your summer reading assignment is to research the individual(s).

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