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Nominate someone today for an IRMS Award or Fellowship

Friday, 16 December 2016

The IRMS is now seeking nominations for its prestigious annual Industry Awards, and for the distinguished honour of Fellowships, to be awarded at our 2017 Gala Dinner.

Our Award categories are the same as in 2016 and include –

  • Professional of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Supplier/Contractor of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards

Details of how to nominate yourself or someone you know can be found at Anyone can be put forward for one of our awards – which are intended to recognise excellence across the information profession – but only IRMS members can nominate. The deadline is Friday 03 February.

Nominations for most of our awards will be announced (so that all receive the recognition they deserve) and go forward to a members’ vote. The winner will be announced at a glitzy Awards Ceremony at the Glasgow Hilton hotel on Monday 21 May.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the first 3 years of your information management career (including if you’re working whilst studying) then why not apply for our New Professionals Award? All you need to do is submit a written piece of around 1500 words on a related topic of your choice, and you could win a fully-paid place at our Conference!

Winners also receive a trophy and certificate and will see their article published in the IRMS Bulletin. Up to two runners-up places are also awarded.

The deadline for submitting your entry has been extended to Friday 17 February, so get writing – and if you need some inspiration, have a look at past winners’ articles.

For those with substantial experience in the industry, there’s our Fellowship – our most senior rank of membership. It can be awarded to any member who is nominated and who has, in the opinion of their peers, attained appropriate eminence, authority or seniority. Non-members of the Society deemed worthy can be awarded an honorary fellowship.

To find out why and how to nominate someone for this prestigious accolade, see The deadline for this is Monday 06 February, after which nominations will be considered by a panel of existing Fellows with those successful being rewarded and celebrated at the Gala Dinner in May.

Free Conference bursary places available

Friday, 16 December 2016

The IRMS Conference team is delighted to offer free bursary places at #IRMS17.

Enjoy the full 3-day package including social events, meals and accommodation plus a contribution to travel expenses. You’ll also meet the IRMS Chair and your sponsor (if applicable) and be invited to write about your experience for the IRMS Bulletin.

If you’re early in your career, this is an ideal opportunity to experience our flagship event, so have a look at and apply today.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, offering your company an unmissable opportunity not only to engage with your target market but also demonstrate your commitment to this dynamic industry and developing the next generation of information professionals – check out for more information.

This year’s scheme builds on the success of previous bursary places such as the one generously offered by Restore in 2016 – read all about Sunny’s experience on the company’s blog. And look out for news of our keynote speakers and draft Conference programme – to be announced very soon!

Attention all members – the IRMS is recruiting!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

As we look towards 2017 and beyond, our three main priorities are: to maximise the effectiveness of our marketing so that we can continue to attract new members in a difficult economic climate; to provide the best possible support to our Groups, whose many popular events are a core part of our activities; and to make better use of our statistical data, so we can improve the range of benefits you enjoy as part of your membership.

For those reasons we are now recruiting for the following positions:

  • Marketing Director
  • Groups Officer
  • Data Officer

The Marketing Director will lead on the design and delivery of targeted campaigns to boost the Society’s individual and corporate membership across the public, private and third sectors. The Groups Officer will support the day-to-day running of the Groups and also our pool of volunteers – those members who have expressed an interest in getting more involved with our work. The Data Officer will play a key role in improving and analysing our membership data which will support the IRMS in its various initiatives and projects.

More information about each role, including the Job Description, can be found on the Vacancies page: All of these positions are now open for applications, and will close on Friday 09 December 2016. To apply, please email a copy of your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Whatever your level of information management experience or academic attainment, if you’re an IRMS member, meet the criteria and have the time and enthusiasm to volunteer with us, we’d be delighted to hear from you, so please do consider applying for one or more of these positions. 

Even more IRMS Groups events!

Wednesday, 09 November 2016

The busy and exciting Autumn series of IRMS Groups events continues over the next few weeks – details below.

Thursday 17 November, 10:00am – 3:30pm

Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin

IRMS Ireland: Information Management Seminar plus AGM

Leading professionals from a variety of sectors will share their experience and knowledge and offer practical solutions based on best practice. Topics include Freedom of Information, GDPR, applying retention to documents on shared drives, and a new ROI government digital records management system, plus a workshop on innovative ways to promote information governance within your organisation. Followed by the group AGM. Sponsored by HPE.

Friday 25 November, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Nottingham City Council, Station Street, Nottingham

IRMS Midlands: Relaunch Event

After a short hiatus, IRMS Midlands is back in action this month, and places are limited. Topics include ‘RM Back to the Future’, ‘A Proactive Approach to Information Management’, ‘Making the Business Case for Change’ and ‘Accreditation and Professional Qualifications’ plus an open mic session and discussion on the group’s future. Sponsored by Dataspace.

Friday 02 December, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Westminster Archives, St Ann’s Street, London

IRMS Public Sector: A Records Manager’s Christmas List

The final Public Sector Group event of the year looks at the main issues and priorities in 2017 and beyond. Topics include ‘Challenges for Records Managers in the 21st Century’ by Elizabeth Shepherd, ‘Compliance - the Bigger Picture’ by Emily Overton, ‘Managing Records in SharePoint’, GDPR, ISO 15489, and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Sponsored by Objective.

PRESS RELEASE: Preservica and IRMS announce their 16/17 programme

Saturday, 05 November 2016

Preservica, ARA and IRMS announce new joint Practical Digital Preservation programme for 2016/17

2016/17 programme includes new events designed to help archivists and records managers raise awareness of the importance of digital preservation within their business and with their IT stakeholders.

Oxford, UK | November 2016 | Digital preservation specialist Preservica, the Archives and Records Association (ARA) (UK & Ireland) and the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) are pleased to announce the 2016/17 Practical Digital Preservation (PDP) training programme. It builds on the success of last year and introduces a brand-new series of executive briefings, workshops and webinars.

Free to ARA and IRMS members, PDP 2016/17 includes practitioner workshops and webinars, as well as new “Bring Your Boss” and “Bring your IT Manager” briefings that will help archivists and records managers raise awareness of the importance of properly protecting long-term and permanent digital information within their business and with their IT stakeholders.

The new briefings will be two half-day sessions, with the morning and networking lunch aimed at practitioners and business/ IT managers followed by an in-depth practitioner workshop in the afternoon. This will enable archivists and records managers to help their stakeholders to network with others in the same position and learn about the value and need for digital preservation from industry speakers and leading organisations that have already taken action to protect their long-term and permanent digital information assets. In addition, like last year, the programme will include a series of “How To” webinars aimed at practitioners that will cover the latest practical digital preservation techniques and best practice.

Practical Digital Preservation (PDP) 2016/17

The PDP (2016/17) programme introduces a new format combining an Executive Briefing with a Practitioner Workshop for a 1-day event.

“Future Proofing Digital Content to Protect Corporate Value”

Archivists & records managers should invite their senior managers and decision makers to join events taking place in Edinburgh & London.

  • Edinburgh – Wednesday, 25th January 2017
  • London – Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

“Protecting Digital Information: The Importance of a Digital Preservation Strategy”

Archivists & records managers should invite their IT directors and managers to join events taking place in Edinburgh & London.

  • Edinburgh - Wednesday 19th April 2017
  • London - Wednesday 14th June 2017

“1 Hour: How-To Webinars” (11am – 12pm UK time)

  • Digital Preservation Storage Choices - Wednesday 7th December 2016
  • Connecting Digital Preservation with Catalogue systems - Wednesday 1st February 2017
  • Digital Preservation for Government Organisations - Wednesday 8th March 2017
  • Preserving and Protecting AV Files - Wednesday 26th April 2017
  • Best Practice in Digital Preservation - Wednesday 21st June 2017

For bookings, visit:

John Chambers, CEO of ARA said:
“Having focused on the theory of digital preservation in last year’s PDP programme, I am delighted that Preservica have come back to lead this important joint initiative, with its series of practical workshops. This programme has been key to supporting our members’ efforts to raise awareness of the need to properly govern long-term and permanent digital information with their senior management and IT teams. The new ‘practitioner’ element to the workshops will also allow our members to deepen their understanding of best practice in the management of digital content and records.”

Scott Sammons, IRMS Chair added:
“As more of what we all do becomes digital, it is vital for key decision makers within the organisation to understand the risks to long-term digital records, and the impact on the organisation of not taking appropriate action to properly govern digital information to ensures it remains safe and accessible over its full life-cycle. We are therefore delighted to once again partner with Preservica and ARA to deliver this important new joint initiative.”

Jon Tilbury, CEO Preservica adds:
“Preservica’s Digital Preservation and Access software is already in use at numerous ARA and IRMS member organisations, and we look forward to broadening the awareness of the importance of protecting long-term and permanent records through this series of executive briefings, workshops and online webinars”.

Notes to the media

About ARA

The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) is the lead professional and membership body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ARA has around 2,500 members.

ARA supports its members through training, continuing professional development, advocacy, identification of employment opportunities, professional help and advice, and by providing a community through which membership can discuss, and debate developments in the sector, and gather information and advice.

Through its members, ARA is committed to working for high standards in the provision and care of archives and effective records management. Learn more:

About IRMS

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) is the leading professional association for information professionals.  Formed in 1983 and with a clear commitment to inclusivity across the profession, IRMS currently has over 1200 members in 34 countries and territories world-wide and includes members across all sectors of the business world- both public and private.

The Society is committed to both providing its membership with relevant and high quality training opportunities and also, wherever possible, to partnering with other organisations to deliver joint initiatives of benefit to not only its members, but also to the wider profession. Learn more:

About Preservica

Preservica is a world leader in digital preservation technology, consulting and research. Our active preservation solutions are used by leading businesses, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations globally, to safeguard and share valuable digital content, collections and electronic records, for decades to come. These include the UK National Archives, the Met Office, Texas State Archives, Wellcome Library and HSBC, to name a few.

Preservica’s award-winning digital preservation and access software is a complete, standards-based (OAIS ISO 14721) trusted repository that includes connectors to leading Enterprise Content and Records Management systems to ensure long-term usability, trustworthiness and preservation of vital digital records, emails and content. Visit:

Media Contact

For Preservica:
Jennifer Reid, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0) 20 8296 1874

For ARA:
Jon Elliott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0) 7587 635 402

Joe Chapman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0)1625 664520


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