“Information Culture and Records Management”

Please join us on January 23rd, 2018 as ARMA Toronto hosts a new session titled “Information Culture and Records Management” presented by Fiorella Foscarin an associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

WHEN: Tuesday, JANUARY 23rd, 2018, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

WHERE: University of Toronto, Claude T.Bissell building at 140 St. George St at Sussex St, Room BL728, 7th floor

REGISTRATION: RSVP by email to: programs@armatoronto.on.ca

In this presentation, Fiorella Foscarini will argue that records management (RM) is a fundamental socio-cultural practice. As such, RM shapes and is shaped by the way in which people act and perceive their roles and functions in organizations, including the value they attach to information and their attitudes towards it. The notion of “information culture” will be introduced as a framework that may be used by records professionals to assess the “soft” factors enabling and constraining RM practices. This presentation will provide a set of concepts and a practical toolkit – the Information Culture Toolkit that Foscarini and Oliver developed with support from the International Council on Archives (ICA) – that will help participants understand and diagnose the cultural dimensions of RM in their workplace.

Fiorella Foscarini is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. In 2014-16, she taught in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Fiorella holds a PhD in Archival Science from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Before joining academia, she worked as senior archivist for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; prior to that, she was Head of the Records Office and Intermediate Archives at the Province of Bologna, Italy. In her teaching and research, she uses diplomatics, rhetorical genre studies, and information culture concepts to explore issues related to the creation, management, and use of records in organizational contexts. She is co-editor in chief of the Records Management Journal. Together with Gillian Oliver, she wrote Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem (Facet, 2014). Oliver and Foscarini have been awarded a grant from the ICA’s Programme Committee (PCOM) to continue their study of information culture in recordkeeping contexts.

Alexander Howes, Careers Officer at Faculty of Information, iSchool | University of Toronto will be speaking about work-integrated learning opportunities provided at the iSchool, such as co-op and practicum options.

The Master of Information (MI) Co-op is an option within the MI program for select students to complete 2 consecutive co-op work terms (8 months) and gain professional experience in their relevant field of study. The MI Co-op is a partnership between students, employers, and the academic institution, i.e. U of T Faculty of Information.). For more information on the available programs please check the iSchool website www.ischool.utoronto.ca/hire-mi-co-op .

We are extending program invitation to students which will provide the opportunity to meet some of the RM professionals who attend.


Upcoming January Event – Information Culture and Records Management