The ARMA International Conference in Chicago (Day 1)

Greetings from the Windy City, Chicago.As mentioned in my previous post, I am here attending the 57th annual 2012 ARMA International Conference. Chicago is an absolutely stunning place with great architectural landscape and friendly people; I am enjoying my time here.

The ARMA International Conference kicked off successfully this morning. The first session opened with local musicians performing a few very funny musical pieces.

And it was good to see local acquaintances Valerie Léveillé, Lara Mancuso and Joy Rowe, the Master of Archival Studies students from the UBC School Library, Archival and Information Studies, win the ARMA International Educational Foundation (AEIF) awards. The highlight of the opening session was being able to join in congratulating Sandie Bradley, one of the most committed ARMA Vancouver Chapter members/executives and highly respected RM consultant in town, on receiving the prestigious Company of Fellows Award.

My favourite session of the day, "Organizational Chameleon: Evolution of the RIM Professional" was presented by Michael Huff, Vice President of FILE KEEPERS, LLC. He emphasized the importance in developing soft-skills in the areas of self, vision, communication, political and interpersonal.

At the conference, it seems apparent that SharePoint continues to be one of the key topics of interest for many RM professionals. And the discussions around information governance, and its relevance to records management, seem to grow.

I had a great first conference day. I made wonderful new friends from many parts of the U.S., and I look forward to another exciting conference day tomorrow.