Introduction to Records and Information Management


  • 90-minute narrated presentation 
  • Take it anytime, at your own pace
  • Includes links to resources and assistance in your own state or territory
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Why take this course?

Sound records and information management practices are fundamental to the efficient and economical operations of any government agency. When disasters strike, state and local governments with effective records and information management programs are more likely to be able to access essential records and re-establish critical business operations quickly.

What is covered in this course?

This course explains the basic concepts and processes of records and information management (RIM), including:
  • Why records and information management is so important
  • Who is responsible for records and information management
  • What are the key tools and processes used in records and information management
  • How does records and information management support disaster preparedness and continuity of operations

Who should take this course?

State, local, territorial, and tribal government employees who are responsible for creating and maintaining records of any kind and in any format, both paper and electronic:
  • City and county clerks
  • Recorders
  • Administrators
  • COOP and emergency preparedness personnel
  • Information technology staff

How does this course fit into IPER training for emergency preparedness?

The Introduction to Records and Information Management is a suggested prerequisite for the two main IPER courses on Essential Records and Records Emergency Planning and Response.

The development of the Introduction to Records and Information Management course was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2007-GT-T7-K022, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Preparedness Directorate. Points of view or opinions in this program are those of the author(s) and do not represent the position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



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The CoSA Resource Center provides state-specific information in support of CoSA's FEMA-funded Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) courses - Essential Records and Records Emergency Planning and Response. The Resource Center continues and significantly expands the capabilities of the one initiated by CoSA in response to a call for a web-based information center emanating from the National Forum on Continuing Education (NFACE) in 2000. Development and expansion of the Resource Center has been supported by funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Cooperative Agreement Number 2007-GT-T7-K022) and the National Historial Publications and Records Comission.

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