COVID19: What the IRMS is doing
20 March 2020
Posted by: Scott Sammons
The IRMS has recently updated it's members via email and video to offer our support and to update them on what the Society is doing to ensure we support our members during this COVID19 pandemic.
Firstly, 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
With regards to group events, for the time being all group events have either been postponed or moved to a digital event. 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 news on 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. This 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 questions, 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. Why not join our host Katharine Stevenson for an interactive discussion on Twitter as we share experiences, pose questions and potential 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 the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the IRMS Conference has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 29th November to Tuesday 1st December 2020 - 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 - 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. Therefore if you do need just someone to talk to to take your mind off things, or bounce some ideas off of (which would happen in the office usually) do reach out to the community. We are very much in this together and sometimes a little random interaction (digitally of course) can work wonders.