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IRMS Conference 2017

Training and Development

As technology, systems and processes evolve at an ever-increasing rate, so do our training and development requirements. In order to keep pace with our working environment it is essential that we continue to develop our skills, knowledge and awareness of our chosen sector and also of the related sectors such as IT and business management, if we are to continue to add value within our own organisations.

The traditional classroom-based approach to training and development is only one of the many approaches that can be adopted. In a fast moving, time-hungry environment where juggling working and personal lives is a skill in itself, distance learning, on-line computer-based training, environmental scanning, background reading and even the RMS Bulletin, short courses, conferences and seminars, all offer routes to further development and maintaining your knowledge up to date. Given the plethora of competing mechanisms and approaches we often ask ourselves "Where do I start?” In order to maximise the benefits of any training, it is worthwhile considering our own personal development plan, identifying any gaps in our own knowledge base and working out the options available to address them, in the time we have available.

The development of Records Managers needs to be underpinned by robust and worthy forms of accreditation. The RMS has previously not engaged with regard to accreditation as a means of building and developing good practice and professionalism. This now changes as a result of recent initiatives to accredit members and the training courses that are provided. Hear how the RMS have approached this and learn about our accreditation scheme, validated by leading academics.

Conference Sessions already confirmed in this Theme

S05 - Gaining User Buy In

  • Michele Noad, Wiltshire County Council
  • David Jenkins, Wiltshire County Council

Generating enthusiasm for records management throughout your organisation poses the biggest challenge and the greatest obstacle in a time of change. This double-headed presentation will demonstrate in a lively and very different way how Wiltshire County Council have approached this challenge successfully.

S09 - RMS Accreditation AND TNT Train to Gain

  • Lucy Burrow, Training Director, RMS
  • Tim Robb, TNT

Lucy, RMS Training Director, will introduce the RMS Accreditation Scheme. The scheme is inclusive and covers the wide and varied backgrounds of society members: both on-the-job practical experience as well as professional qualifications within the RM field contribute towards accreditation.

Tim Robb's presentation is titled TNT Train to Gain.

S14 - Transferable Skills AND I never intended to do this...So how on earth did I get there?

  • Clare Cowling, Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Edith Pringault-Adam, Aberdeenshire Council

Have you ever sat down and traced out your career path – has it been driven by chance or design? What skills have you picked up along the way? This session follows the unlikely career paths of the two speakers and explores the questions:

  • What makes a good records manager?
  • What is our job actually all about?
  • How did we get here?
  • What if we want a career change?

In exploring these questions, delegates will discover just how transferrable our IM skills are and how best to use these to progress our careers at any time.

S19 - The Role of Mentorship in Distance Education and Training AND Choices and challenges: mid-career decisions for the records manager

  • Claire Johnson, Independent Consultant
  • James Lowry, Information Training Clinics

The Role of Mentorship in Distance Education and Training

This session will focus on the value of mentorship in archives and records management education and the problems that arise in this respect in the distance learning environment. James is an archives and records management trainer and has, himself, studied as a distance learning student. He will therefore be using anecdotal information from his own experiences, together with statistics gathered through a survey of students in the UK.

Choices and challenges: mid-career decisions for the records manager

We know what the rapid pace of change in Records and Information Management means for our organisational role but what does it mean for our professional lives and career development? As a mid-career records manager Claire will explore the typical issues (such as changing sectors, becoming self-employed, "up-skilling", finding a mentor) that will probably face most professionals at some point.

S22 - A million dead people can't have been wrong, can they?

  • Dr James Currall, University of Glasgow

The rapid pace of change in Records and Information Management means that decision makers are frequently required to evaluate project proposals from information management professionals that have serious implications for their organisations. How are business cases for resources made within your organisation? Are hours spent carefully crafting purple prose to convince senior management about the merits of your work, which they don't really read? Do management find it hard to understand the benefits of the proposal and want it on a single page of A4? James was Project Director of the espida project at the University of Glasgow which developed a sustainable business-focussed model for digital preservation.

In this session James will help you to understand how to get the attention that your work deserves, by applying the principles upon which the espida methodology is based. Your organisation may already allow you to get the resources that you think records management needs, but if it doesn't then you might be glad that you spent an hour in this session.


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