ARMA International


ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on managing records and information – paper and electronic.

The association was established in 1955. Its approximately 10,000 members include records managers, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, IT managers, consultants, and educators, all of whom work in a wide variety of industries, including government, legal, healthcare, financial services, and petroleum in the United States, Canada, and 30-plus other countries.

ARMA International publishes Information Management (IM) magazine, the only professional magazine specifically for professionals who manage records and information on a daily basis. The award-winning IM magazine is published bi-monthly and features top-drawer articles on the hottest topics in records and information management today, as well as marketplace news and analysis.

The association also develops and publishes standards and guidelines related to records management. It was a key contributor to the international records management standard, ISO-15489.

ARMA International

ARMA International Education Foundation

The ARMA International Education Foundation (AIEF) is an outgrowth of ARMA International. AIEF will help to define the future of records and information management by funding educational opportunities and instruction to individuals for the purpose of improving and developing their capabilities in the area of records and information management; funding scientific research in records and information management; and awarding grants, scholarships, and fellowships to individual students and educational institutions to further promote and develop records and information management.

ARMA Pacific Region


In the summer of 1990, a group of chapter presidents and chapter board members gathered in Long Beach, California, for our region's first Leadership Conference facilitated by Region Vice President, Bill Testerman. Bill reported in the 1991 ARMA Annual report, "The gathering of those leaders was a time for sharing experiences and knowledge, team building, program development and consensus. At the conclusion of the conference we left a better informed, more highly motivated group, with clearer objectives for our chapters and a greater sense of our relationship with the Association." Sounds very much like today. Prior to FY99/00, ARMA's regions were led by Region Vice Presidents who also served on the Board of Directors wearing two hats of responsibility. And prior to the late 1990's ARMA's Regions were known by number designations. Before becoming the Pacific Region we were known as Region VI. The Association realized that regions and local chapters needed more focused services and resources, and the association needed a Board of Directors who could give full attention to association leadership. Thus the Region Leadership Team program was launched. The Pacific Region was one of two ARMA regions to pilot the new program, and Helen Streck led the first Pacific Region Leadership Team. The new structure proved to be beneficial, and Region Teams were made up of a Manager and a small group of Coordinators. Becoming more sophisticated, Regions began adding treasurers and webmasters to their teams.

The Pacific Region has a long history of excellent leadership conferences well known throughout the Association. Each year, attendees experience networking, innovation, improved content, and valuable resources for successful chapter operations and programs.

Orange County (OCARMA) Chapter


The Orange County Chapter of ARMA International (“OCARMA”) was established in 1980 and is dedicated to serving the ARMA members of the Orange County, California area.

Located to the south and just adjacent to Los Angeles County, California, Orange County is a dynamic community. Industries include aerospace, computer technology, and tourism, to name a few. Within the county, you can find everything from modern glass skyscrapers and fast paced industrial areas to beautiful beaches and serene wilderness areas. Popular attractions include various theme parks, such as Disneyland, California Adventure, and Knott’s Berry Farm, the world renowned surfing areas of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, the Bowers Cultural Museum, the Laguna Beach art fairs, the San Juan Capistrano Mission, and the Orange County Performing Art Center. The county is historically interesting as well as culturally rich.

Our Mission

We will improve, develop and enhance members’ skills and knowledge by communicating and sharing experiences together.

Southern California Inland Empire (SCIE) Chapter


Serving Records and Information Management Professionals in Riverside, San Bernardino, eastern Los Angeles and northeastern Orange Counties since 1985, the Southern California Inland Empire Chapter is committed to providing education and professional support to records and information managers, serving both the public sector and private industry organizations.

Our Mission

A collaborative group of RIM Professionals that goes beyond sharing information and data knowledge with its membership and community.

Central Coast Chapter


CCARMA's goal is to provide education, networking and professional resources to Records and Information specialists in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

We like to host quarterly meetings throughout the year. For information on upcoming chapter meetings, please contact the Chapter President or any board member.

San Diego Chapter


To provide a forum in which professionals can meet, participate and further their knowledge in records management practices and principles in a social environment.

San Diego Chapter of ARMA International

Silicon Valley Chapter

The primary purpose of the Chapter is to promote and advance the improvement of records and information administration and management and related fields through study, education, and research.

The meetings are generally held in the Santa Clara Valley at various locations and cover a range of topics. Additionally, the meetings offer a great opportunity for networking with other RIM professionals and local vendors. Notices of meetings and events are generally sent via e-mail and the Chapter website.

Occasionally, the Chapter will produce joint meeting sessions with other ARMA chapters in the area, primarily Mt. Diablo or Golden Gate as well as local AIIM chapters.

ARMA Silicon Valley Chapter

Golden Gate Chapter

The Golden Gate Chapter of ARMA International, which serves the San Francisco Bay Area, has nearly 100 members representing a diverse group of large and small businesses, government agencies, law firms and non profit organizations.

Our membership includes Senior Executives, Entrepreneurs, Industry Consultants, Vendors and Records and Information Management professionals.

The Chapter holds monthly meetings and all members and non-members are invited and encouraged to attend. The information sharing sessions are held at local venues and typically involve working luncheons.

Mt. Diablo Chapter

Join us at our meetings. We have exciting topics lined up for 2012 - 2013. Its a great opportunity to learn new things, share ideas with colleagues and have a little fun too! We hope to see you soon.


ARMA Greater Sacramento Capitol Chapter


ARMA Greater Sacramento Capitol Chapter

ARMA Arizona

No matter what your profession is, you probably deal with information & records on a daily basis. We hope our website and monthly meetings will help you in your quest to manage your information & records.

Our Chapter consists of experienced professionals dedicated to the promotion of, and education in, Records and Information Management (RIM). Our Chapter has proven to be invaluable to both the novice and seasoned RIM professional by providing educational and networking opportunities since the 1970s. We are always looking for ways to improve the content of information we are sharing; please let us know if you have any suggestions by contacting one of our Board Members. 

ARMA Arizona

ARMA Hawaii Chapter

Hawaii's ARMA Chapter was founded in 1974 to promote and advance the improvement of information management through education, study and research; to advance professional records management knowledge and techniques by sharing and exchanging experiences; and to develop and advance standards of professional competence in records and information management. Carl Spears served as the first Chapter President.

The Hawaii Chapter membership includes government and private industry records managers and administrators, records management consultants, records storage and records disposal vendors, and microfilming and electronic record services vendors. Though the Chapter is located in Honolulu, the Chapter has had members from Hawaii's outer islands, including Maui and Hawaii Island.

Since its inception, the ARMA Hawaii Chapter has held public monthly membership meetings and site visits that address records/information management or general topics of interest to the business and government community. Speakers at these meetings have ranged from vendor presenters to bank presidents to the mayor of a large city to the governor of the state. The Chapter was fortunate to learn from its own members talking about practical ideas, such as recovering from a fire disaster and how to start a records management program. The Chapter also conducts educational site-visits to records management-related businesses and government agencies. The Chapter presents at least one major records management seminar annually. The Chapter has hosted seminars by such nationally known records management experts as William Saffady, Donald Skupsky, Mark Langemo, Alan Andolsen, David O. Stephens, Mary Robek, and Randall Kahn. Chapter members have spoken at other ARMA chapters, regional and association conferences. They also have spoken to other organizations on records management and other various topics.

The Chapter's community service activities include an on-going relationship with the Leeward Community Colleges Business Technology Division. Chapter members have taught records management classes, sponsored student attendance at chapter meetings and seminars, and donated computer equipment. Leeward Community College named the ARMA Hawaii Chapter its "Business Partner of the Year" in 1999.

The Chapter is fortunate to have had several of its members serve on ARMA International's various association and regional committees, groups and task forces and several as chairs.

General records management accomplishments for individual members of this chapter include one who is a CRM, and another who is lead author of a records management book.

For over 32 years, the Hawaii Chapter has served as a valued resource to Hawaii's records management professionals. With its core of dedicated members, the Hawaii Chapter will continue to help records managers and information management professionals face the challenges of current and futurebusiness and technology change.


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AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management)


AIIM is the global community of information professionals. We provide the education, research and certification that information professionals need to manage and share information assets in an era of mobile, social, cloud and big data.
AIIM has been an advocate and supporter of information professionals for nearly 70 years.
The association mission is to ensure that information professionals understand the current and future challenges of managing information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud and big data.
Founded in 1943, AIIM builds on a strong heritage of research and member service.

Academy of Certified Archivists


The Academy of Certified Archivists, founded in 1989 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Individual members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined professional standards. They have either passed the examination for Certified Archivist, first offered in September 1989, or have qualified by petition for Certified Archivist. The petition program was closed in September 1989. Today, archivists can become certified only by meeting educational and experience requirements and passing the archival certification examination.

ANSI (American National Standards Institute)


As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.

The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

To enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.

ALA (Association of Legal Administrators)


ALA was founded in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies.

Our Mission
Promote & enhance the competence and professionalism of all members of the legal management team;
Improve the quality of management in law firms and other legal service organizations; and
Represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large.

Computing Technology Industry Association


CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, we focus our programs on four main areas: education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy.
Our vision of the IT landscape is shaped by 30 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 2,000 business partners. We are driven by our members and led by an elected board of industry professionals.

DLM Forum Foundation


The DLM Forum Foundation, known as the "DLM Forum" is a pan-European subscription-based community of members from the national archives of European Union Member States and other public and private bodies interested in Information Governance across Europe, and beyond.
Founded with the specific purpose of providing a cross-sector forum our members include both public and private archives, government bodies, universities and research institutes, suppliers, end users, consultants, regulators, industry associations, individuals, students and partner organisations. The DLM Forum works closely with the European Commission and the European Archives Group and an observer from the European Commission attends DLM Forum Executive Committee meetings.

Institute of Certified Records Managers


The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) is an international certifying organization of and for professional records and information managers. The ICRM was incorporated in 1975 to meet the requirement to have a standard by which persons involved in records and information management could be measured, accredited and recognized according to criteria of experience and capability established by their peers.
The primary mission of the ICRM is to develop and administer the professional certification of Records and Information Managers including the relevant examinations and certification maintenance program. The ICRM serves as the official certifying body for both ARMA International and the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (NIRMA). Organizations that can write and administer a Part 7 exam that tests for industry-specific Records and Information Management (RIM) knowledge not identified on any of the current CRM examinations, may qualify to have a Special Designation in records management that individuals in the relevant profession can pursue once they have obtained their initial CRM certification.

International Council on Archives


The International Council on Archives (ICA) is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world's archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals across the globe.
For over sixty years ICA has united archival institutions and practitioners across the globe to advocate for good archival management and the physical protection of recorded heritage, to produce reputable standards and best practices, and to encourage dialogue, exchange, and transmission of this knowledge and expertise across national borders.

International Records Management Trust


The Trust is unique internationally in terms of the nature of its vision and mandate, its broad international experience, the breadth and length of its work across different sectors, and its consistent track record of successful project delivery. Our projects are distinguished by our long-term commitment to the people of the countries we serve, our close collaboration with local stakeholders at all levels of government, our commitment to team work, and our ability to relate international good practice to the realities of local requirements and resources.
We emphasise the importance of managing government records as a basis for protecting civil and human rights, reducing poverty, controlling corruption, strengthening democracy, promoting economic and social stability, improving services to citizens, and demonstrating accountability and transparency.
We monitor the impact of technology on the way that government records are created, used and stored, and support the transition from paper to electronic record-keeping systems. In addition to creating freely available training material, we have assisted many countries to build sustainable laws, policies, systems, facilities and procedures for the management of records and archives.

MIKE 2.0 The Open Source Standard for Information Management


Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment (MIKE2.0) is an open source delivery framework for Enterprise Information Management. It provides a comprehensive methodology (871 significant articles so far) that can be applied across a number of different projects within the Information Management space. While initially focused around structured data, the goal of MIKE2.0 is to provide a comprehensive methodology for any type of Information Development.

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration)


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators


The National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators is a professional association dedicated to the improvement of federal, state, and local government records and information management and the professional development of government records administrators and archivists. Members include county, municipal, and special district governments, state agencies (state records centers, archives and libraries), the National Archives and Records Administration; individual federal employees; the General Archives of Puerto Rico; and a number of provincial and institutional programs.

NIRMA (Nuclear Information and Records Management Association)


Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (NIRMA) is the nuclear industry’s leader in information and records management. Since 1976, NIRMA has been uniquely qualified to provide guidance to commercial and Department of Energy facilities in the areas of quality records programs, regulatory compliance activities, electronic records initiatives, document management technologies, and knowledge management issues.
NIRMA is a Not-For-Profit Corporation governed by a Board of Directors, and has members from the U.S. as well as international communities. NIRMA provides information to its members through newsletters, bi-annual business unit meetings, our NIRMA website and the annual conference.


To be the internationally recognized authority for Information and Records Management Professionals among regulated industries or agencies and their regulators.

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)


OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society.

OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Cloud computing, SOA, Web services, the Smart Grid, electronic publishing, emergency management, and other areas. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology.

OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

OASIS is distinguished by its transparent governance and operating procedures. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. Completed work is ratified by open ballot. Governance is accountable and unrestricted. Officers of both the OASIS Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Board are chosen by democratic election to serve two-year terms. Consortium leadership is based on individual merit and is not tied to financial contribution, corporate standing, or special appointment.

Special Libraries Association


The Special Libraries Association (SLA) was founded in 1909 in the state of New York and is now the international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries worldwide. A historical information section outlines the history of the association and summarizes information about past presidents, conferences and other association information.

SLA’s vision, mission and core value statements were revised and adopted in October 2003. Special librarians are information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in corporate, academic, and government settings.

Archives and Records Association


The Archives and Records Association is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The ARA aims to support its membership through training, continued professional development, identification of employment opportunities, professional help and advice, and by providing a community to which the membership can belong and from which they draw benefit through open discussion and debate, as well as through gathering of information and advice.
Through its members the ARA is committed to working for high standards in the provision of and care of archives and effective management of record systems including the retrieval of information from them.

Xplor International


Xplor International, also known as Xplor® and The Electronic Document Systems Association®, was incorporated in 1981 as a not-for-profit association. Xplor’s global network of regions and chapters are directed, organized, and governed by its members and represents thousands of professionals around the world.



Xplor’s mission is to be the community of choice for education, information sharing and networking that continually strives to meet the needs of our members and to provide leadership to the evolution of the document systems and customer communications industry.

Education: Provide superior education in the technologies, business processes, and legal responsibilities related to the creation, customization, production, and delivery of electronic and paper documents.

Information: Provide forums where technology users and suppliers can exchange ideas and solutions to promote best practices in the industry.
Networking: Provide networking opportunities to encourage information sharing, informal problem solving and life long friendships.

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