Our strategy for 2018-19:
The IRMS Executive, at it's strategic meeting in July, met to discuss progress on the current strategy, reflect on worked well and no so well for 2017-18 and look to what we could achieve for 2018-19.
Our strategy and work programme for 2018-19 is broken up into 3 areas of development work. These are outlined below with examples of the sorts of things we will be focusing on.
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 work stream 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 work stream 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 membership 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 fourth work stream should be completed by the end of the year and is an isolated piece of work to ensure that the IRMS complies with the its own obligations under the GDPR.
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 December so we can focus back on our core 3 work streams.