COVID-19: What the IRMS is doing
20 March 2020
Posted by: Scott Sammons
The IRMS has recently updated its members via email and video to update them on what the Society is doing to ensure we support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We'd like to start by thanking our volunteers who over the last week have given what little spare time they have to support not only their own organisations and families, but also the IRMS during this time. While we don’t have offices or staff we do want to ensure everyone involved in the Society is as safe and well as possible, and their work to help us do that is very much appreciated.
Group events are going digital
For the time being, all group events have either been postponed or will be moving online. While we do lose out on the networking side of these events, we are confident that we can still deliver some great content and discussion to you via digital means. Keep an eye on the events page of the IRMS website for upcoming events and how to get registered.
You are not alone, connect with colleagues online
We are lucky enough to have our very own social networking platform called SocialLink, which is accessible via the IRMS website once you are logged in. This platform allows you to:
- Connect with any member
- Share files and links for comment
- Ask questions either to all members or a specific group
- Access group resources, blogs, calendars etc
As many of our members are working from home or in social isolation we would encourage you to take a look at your SocialLink account and reach out to others. We are a Society and we are very much in this together. Reach out, ask and respond to questions, or just have a natter with a colleague you don’t get to see very often. Sometimes it’s the little things that will get us through.
Why not join us for #IRMSHour on twitter?
At the next #IRMSHour on 1st April at 8-9pm UK time we are going to be discussing Retention v Destruction - something which many of us grapple with in our respective organisations. Join our host Katharine Stevenson for an interactive discussion on Twitter as we share experiences, pose questions and potentially reach some answers(!). Follow the IRMS Twitter account for more details: www.twitter.com/IRMSociety. If you’re not on Twitter we’ll also look at carrying on the conversation on SocialLink that week!
Conference to be rescheduled
As a result of the impact of COVID-19, the IRMS Conference has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 29th November to Tuesday 1st December 2020. We will still be meeting at the same venue, the Birmingham Hilton Metropole (NEC).
This decision follows extensive discussions between the IRMS, Revolution Events and the venue, and is in accordance with advice from the UK government and other relevant bodies. Specific information has been issued to delegates, speakers and sponsors, and all bookings will be transferred to the new dates.
We are all facing challenges to both how we work, how we take care of ourselves and for many of us our own mental health during this period. If you do need someone to talk to just to take your mind off things, or bounce some ideas off of (which would happen in the office usually) please reach out to the community. We are very much in this together and sometimes a little random interaction (digitally of course) can work wonders.