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Subject: Re: Introduction of a New Member
From: rubendvargas <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:17:05 -0700
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Vickie-

I read your reply and let out a deep sigh. Unfortunately that sometimes is the attitude from Management across the board. RIM professionals do always find themselves educating their peers and management about the importance of managing their information as an asset. Records and Records Management are sometimes under valued because their roles in business are often not understood in the grand scheme of things. 

Maybe because we don't generate revenue in the normal business sense and we are considered more as overhead. (File cabinets, Scanners, Supplies, etc.) that must be why the manager considered RIM functions as a luxury. 

I sometimes have felt me and my peers efforts were unrecognized on a daily basis. But we become everyone's savior when information is lost or litigation comes to the forefront. That's when we as professionals shine!

You have done your research and you seem to have discovered early on the misconceptions and attitudes that often hinder RIM professionals. But fear not! There are many companies who DO value RIM and know the role and value they play in everyday business functions. It's really a vital function in business even if not realized by many. 

Regards,

Ruben

Sent from my iPhone contraption. Some typos and errors are possible, even likely. Sorry about that.....

> On Jan 30, 2014, at 5:54 PM, Vickie Fish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> No, I haven't worked in RIM yet. I have varied work experience in many
> different fields. Mostly I have noticed that many companies under-estimate
> the power that RIM could add to their organization, dealing with their
> records and information as kind of an after the fact thought. I work at a
> community college which has been dealing with deep budgetary cuts, as many
> public institutions have. I was talking with the Vice President of the
> college as to whether there was, or ever would be, a position for an RIM
> professional, and he basically said that he didn't see the value in it,
> that it was a luxury they couldn't afford. Maybe if the institution valued
> the management, use and accessibility of its information and records
> more it would be better prepared to meet crises or to avoid them
> altogether.
> 
> Thanks for the encouragement,
> Vickie Fish
> 
> 
>> On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM, rubendvargas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Welcome Vickie:
>> 
>> Have you ever worked in Records Management before? I have been in the
>> field for 18 years and must say that I love my job. However it's not for
>> everyone. If you like managing information, organizing and maintaining it
>> until it's met its usefulness - then you will enjoy it.
>> 
>> Plus there is so much more to RIM than what most people know. Most people
>> unfamiliar with the practice think we two-hole punch, alphabetize and sit
>> in a dank basement all day! This is so stereotypical and far from the truth!
>> 
>> Good luck with your decisions and be sure to reach out to RIM people with
>> any questions.
>> 
>> Ruben D. Vargas ERMp
>> Information Management Specialist
>> Central Arizona Project
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