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Subject: Certifications and Respect
From: John Phillips <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Dec 2002 08:30:26 -0500

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I concur with Bill Benedon's frustration over the last year with the
floundering that has occurred regarding poor definition of the role of
strategic leadership for records managers professionally. ARMA International
needs to define a specific plan to address how SIM, certification, and "the
respect" issues are to related, addressed and SOLVED. There are many
"initiatives," but there is no fully developed program plan that will bring
together into a meaningful whole how these issues interrelate and what
exactly is expected to be accomplished. Lots of objectives exist intended to
make things better (somehow), but there are few defined and measurable

I am hoping to be able to more fully participate in defining some of these
goals over the next year, so that there will be a well-communicated
consensus-based Professional Challenges Strategic Plan for how to address
these issues.


John T. Phillips MSLS, CRM, CDIA, FAI
Information Technology Decisions

-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On
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Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:14 PM
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Subject: Re: WAS Re: Electronic Records Certifications NOW: Kvetching
about salaries, ...

Leave it to Larry Medina to make the needed summation of the issues that
Gregg has raised. His response puts the proper perspective on items that
received prior exposure. It is unfortunate and almost unbelievable that an
organization founded in 1956 and currently having 10,000 members is still
wagging the "battle of recognition." It is becoming a negative overkill
approach. There are many top notch RIM administrators out there that have
foundations and their dedication and hard work has gained them recognition.
Full recognition is a combined effort of the partitioners in a given field
and the association that represents them. I think the members have been
their part in the support of the association and the profession. The other
side of the street is not as green. While we have attained a workable level
of recognition, our association has decided to take a new approach. Not
overly accepted by its membership and offered as a "new us" rather than a
"maturing us."

 The last few months have seen a flurry of needed actions---a member survey
(although short of its make of truly measuring our profession rather than a
headquarters evaluation), an overdue response to a meaningful NARA approach
to records management (a prime supporter of our professions from its
beginning), and the white paper on FAQ-Information Management-A Business
Imperative (we should hear about reaction shortly, not from members but the
top executive level at which it was directed). Amid these positive
approaches, the year-end decision on the SII and its impact is yet to be
determined. At some point we may really find out what it is all about. 2003
will be a milestone year for ARMA and our profession. Hopefully it will
produce full and open discussion of our professional direction, properly
utilize what has been developed in the past, and represent a maturing
profession rather than one still looking for identity,

What resolution are you making to continue the recognition of RIM (I believe
it is there and can prosper if both sides of the street are confident and
supportive of professional objectives)?

This is a great profession and a great association. Over the years its has
provided the luxury of great friends and colleagues. A very happy holiday
season to all.

Bill Benedon

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