Looking to 2019 & beyond!
13 September 2018
Posted by: Scott Sammons
In July the IRMS leadership team met in sunny Chelmsford, Essex to plan our activities for the coming year. For those new to the Society, members of the leadership team gather for a 2-day face to face workshop in July each year. The purpose is to review progress made so far, run through what works well and what doesn’t work so well, look at our priorities and agree a work plan for the coming year.
As a result of these 2 days we have agreed the following plan for the coming year (2018-19), some of which are already underway. These actions and outcomes are split into 4 workstreams (down 1 from our very ambitious work plan for last year).
The leadership team is keen to ensure that we continue to grow our membership in the positive direction is has grown in recent years. In this workstream we are looking at refreshing our membership structure to ensure it is relevant for the 21st century and ensure that we are offering the most that we can do our individual and corporate members. In this workstream we will be looking at;
Consulting with students on how we can make their membership work best for them
Researching what international members we have and what sort of membership they would require (if anything)
Establishing different channels for advertising membership to the profession with the aim of wider exposure for the Society and awareness of the benefits membership can bring
A review and consultation with the membership on the fees structure (once other pieces of work are complete)
One of the key areas to ensuring that membership of the IRMS remains good value for money and relevant to the modern information professional is content that we host, own and signpost to. We will therefore be looking at refreshing our content and researching the need for more content based on what our members want. This includes;
Establishment of a content working group made up of members to help advise on what content would be required by members and what the priorities should be
Final publication of the third sector toolkit
Review and publication of the Academies toolkit
Expanding our training offering with our current and prospective partners, especially in the areas of Information & Records Management basics.
Review and refresh of the IRMS wiki to incorporate into the IRMS website, including a review of all other third party based IRMS tools to see if they can be integrated into the IRMS website.
The leadership team recognises that we are not alone in the information world. We have some strong partnerships already in place with the likes of NADPO, CILIP, DP Forum etc but we want to expand these further and work with our various partners to see where there are opportunities to further collaborate and improve our professional and professional standards. We will be focusing on;
Hosting and collaboration on more events with partners including the Cyber Security Conference in November.
Research and consultation on the creation of 2 new networking groups looking at the legal and health professions.
The Society is often guilty of not practicing what it preaches as we are volunteers and best endeavours can often be difficult to achieve. Over the last year the IRMS has reviewed and improved both its data quality and its information & records management practices. On the back of this work we are well underway with our own GDPR implementation however early into the plan year we want to finish this off. GDPR implementation will therefore be a priority for the first quarter of the working year 2018-19 aiming to finish around October so we can focus back on our core 3 workstreams.
As a side point we are also looking at expanding our leadership team in order to support the work we are doing and look to encourage fresh blood and future leadership talent into the Society. Over the coming months we will be looking for officers in the following areas;
Each one will support the relevant Director in the development and running of these 4 key areas. While officers are not full Directors they can get involved in the running of the Society, see how it works, contribute and see if they want to progress on to other rules and help shape the future makeup of our growing and vibrant community. If any of these roles feel like something you would want to get involved with, please do keep an eye out for their publication and do apply!
The Society continues to grow and develop but we can only continue to do that with your support and with the time and support given by all our volunteers. We will be working with you, our members, to grow the Society further so I do encourage you to get involved in any way you can, even if that is just inputting into the consultations and conversations we want to have with you. Every little helps (sorry to coin a phrase) and we would love your input!
If you have any questions or feedback please do let me know by contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.