The LSU School of Library & Information Science, or SLIS, and the Institute of Certified Records Managers, or ICRM, have forged a strategic partnership to enhance professional education in the area of records and information management, or RIM, through a newly developed online graduate certificate.
Graduates from this certificate program will have the skills they need to strategically manage recorded information for any organization, whether it is public or private, large or small, across all industry sectors.
“This collaboration, the very first university-ICRM partnership in the country, will prepare our students and current professionals with vital skills necessary in our ever-changing technology landscape,” said Dean Damon Andrew, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education.
“On behalf of the ICRM Board of Regents, we are excited to see this initiative take shape and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership,” said Brice Sample, ICRM president.
Through this partnership, students enrolled in the RIM Certificate Program can further leverage their financial investment as a result of the fast track it provides to become a Certified Records Analyst, or CRA, or Certified Records Manager, or CRM, designated by the ICRM. Due to the rigor of the coursework and exams required by this certificate program, completion of the program will credit the student with passing Exam Parts 1-5 toward ICRM certification.
“This strategic partnership is a milestone in the history of RIM education and professionalization,” said Tao Jin, associate professor and RIM program coordinator at SLIS. “Over the years, people have discussed the need for formal feeder programs at the university level to train RIM professionals. This program will fill the void.”
RIM professionals are essential for any organization or company to access important recorded information, control the growth of records, minimize risk of litigation, and preserve corporate memory. In the technological age, a critical corporate need involves the administration and management of all business records throughout their life cycle.
“This is truly a milestone for records and information management, relevant academic programs and certification – the partnership between LSU and the ICRM blends RIM education and certification into one program with the primary goal of preparing and advancing the next generation of RIM professionals,” said Rae Lynn Haliday, ICRM chairman.
“I’ve worked in records and information management since graduating from the LSU MLIS program in 1990. As a longtime advocate for incorporating RIM into the Master of Library & Information Science curriculum, I am thrilled the Institute of Certified Records Managers will partner with LSU to prepare graduates to fill the increasing number of RIM jobs in the workplace,” said Wendy McLain, president-elect of ICRM.
LSU SLIS launches the graduate certificate in RIM in spring 2017.
About the Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management
The certificate program in records and information management is designed to provide an immersive experience for students seeking a career as a records manager, information manager, information governance officer or equivalent. It is delivered entirely online. For more information and to apply, visit lsu.edu/slis_RIM
Founded in 1975, the Institute of Certified Records Managers, or ICRM, is an international certifying organization of and for professional records managers. The Institute confers three designations: the Certified Records Manager, or CRM; the Certified Records Manager/Nuclear Specialist, or CRM/NS; and now the Certified Records Analyst, or CRA.
Visit the Institute of Certified Records Managers at icrm.org
About LSU SLIS
The School of Library and Information Science, or SLIS at LSU has 90 years of history in providing prestigious education in library and information science. It is the home of the Master of Library & Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.
Visit the School of Library & Information Science at lsu.edu/chse/slis
About the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE, is a nationally accredited division of LSU. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.
Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse