It is not often that I use my blog to promote meetings, conferences etc but I’m going to make an exception today! For those records management professionals working in the life sciences, there are few events that provide training specific to our sector. We can pick up general principles from organisations such as ARMA, AIIM and IRMS but where do we go for training that is specific to the issues we face in our work on a day-to-day basis?
Well, if you have not attended one of the Scientific Archivists Group conferences before, I recommend you take a look. Although the name of the association includes “archivist” it is actually much broader than that, meeting the needs of all records management professionals working in the life sciences, particularly focussing on those operating under GLP, GCP, GMP, etc. The finishes touches are just being made to the agenda of their next conference and bookings are now being taken.
The preliminary agenda can be viewed online – where bookings are taken also – and it includes:
- electronic archiving solutions
- archiving electronic mail
- issues for the archivist when an R&D site closes
- a non-commercial viewpoint of clinical archiving
- quality and compliance issues for document digitisation (scanning)
- cloud computing (case study)
- health and safety
- electronic signatures
- document scanning (case study)
What a varied programme! And for £500 (12% reduction for SAG members) you get:
- 2-day conference programme including all refreshments
- 2-nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Nice, France
- complimentary drinks reception
- conference gala dinner
- networking opportunities
Personally, I think this is great value for money and would highly recommend attendance.
For staff who are fairly new to the industry and to records management, you may awant to consider our new 3-day training programme too which covers the full spectrum of records management principles, going back to basics.