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Subject: Re: Interesting Observation
From: Chris Flynn <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:43:03 -0700

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This is an old problem. We spend years trying to raise awareness and then 
when the alarm is sounded we we what.

Maybe ARMA could create a body that is designed to promote strategic 
management of records proting our profession at the highest levels. Oh darn, 
maybe not.

lacking leadership at the the level we need I think problably we will 
continue to meader along at the current level until some other group comes 
along and tells us where to go. Hold it a minute I think I have heard IT 
folks telling me where to go before. Hmmmm.

Chris Flynn

>From: "Roach, Bill J." <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Interesting Observation
>Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:12:50 -0600
>I just returned from attending FileNet's America's UserNet 2006, in
>Dallas, TX.  I found the conference both informative and troubling.
>Upcoming improvements in technology and increase recognition of the
>business value of records management was exciting to see.
>On the other hand, I was very disappointed in the number of
>organizations I talked with that we looking for someone to lead the
>electronic RM effort.  Several stated that they had actively looked for
>someone, only to be told that there was no interest by RM (we handle
>paper) or RM was not qualified (they are the folks in the basement).  In
>every case, the folks at the conference expressed their concern that
>they knew their organization was at risk, but did not know where to
>So my questions to the list are this:
>1. What does it take to get Records Managers (we handle paper) up to the
>2. How do Records Managers (they are the folks in the basement) capture
>the attention of management that they can be of more value than just
>being an early warning system for a broken pipe?
>3. How long will there be Records Managers if we don't figure out how to
>do 1 & 2 above very quickly?
>Bill R
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