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Subject: Re: Electronic Records Certifications
From: Earl Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 12 Dec 2002 09:58:49 -0500

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Excellent points Ginny, couldn't have said it better myself (smile)!


"Jones, Virginia" wrote:

> The usual disclaimers apply to my response - I am expressing my personal
> opinion and NOT the opinion or policy of any Board or Committee I sit on.
> >>I'm convinced that the present leadership of the ICRM wants no part of
> electronic records<<
> This is a bit of a broad statement considering that Part 5 of the CRM exams
> is all technology and includes a strong element of questions regarding
> electronic records issues.  The profession has advocated for years that the
> basic tenets of records management applies to all formats and media - not
> just paper or microfilm.  I suggest that, rather than diluting the CRM with
> extraneous certificates and certifications, we need to evaluate how best the
> CRM testing structure can reflect an expanded body of knowledge.
> >>I think there is at least a need for:
> > CRA: Certified Records Analyst
> > CROM: Certified Records Operations Manager:
> > CRM: Certified Records Manager (which already exists)
> > SIM: Strategic Information Manager
> > SIO: Strategic Information Officer<<
> By definition, use, experience and testing, a CRM IS a records analyst and
> records operation manager, as well as other records and information related
> functions.  This appears to me not to be a list of certifications, but a
> list of job titles or positions.  Any one of these five "certifications" are
> covered by the CRM.
> >> The SIM and the SIO represent the future career paths for the information
> management professional. <<
> Not in the real world.  As I've said in previous posts, strategic planning
> of any kind is required in every field - accounting, asset management,
> information management, technology management, real estate management, water
> quality and supply management, etc.  The term "strategic information
> management" has a recognized meaning in government and in the corporate
> world, and that is purchase and application of technology - not management
> of information.
> >>There are many opportunities for advancement that "records" personnel are
> shut out of because in many people's minds "records" will continue to mean
> hardcopy paper files.<<
> Only if we let it.  Why should we take on redefining another term (strategic
> information management) when we are not willing to redefine our own term
> (records)?  My organization does not consider "records" to mean only paper
> files - I've made sure of it.  My education and training efforts have been
> successful in raising awareness of and concern for all records and
> information in the organization including electronic records.
> >>We as a profession must work to change that perspective or we will always
> be  relegated to the basement.<<
> I came out of the basement years ago and consistently refuse to go back.  I
> know my responsibilities as a Certified Records Manager includes electronic
> records and any other issues or new technologies that arise that impacts the
> records and information of my organization.  And I continue to stay aware of
> issues and technologies and what I must do as a records manager to fulfill
> my responsibilities.
> Ginny Jones
> (Virginia A. Jones, CRM)
> Records Manager
> Newport News Dept. of Public Utilities
> Newport News, VA
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