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Wider Horizons For Information Audit

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Information Audit has begun to engage business leaders, business analysts and other stakeholders. These include policy makers external to the business, who see Information Audit as a tool that can be used to address operational and strategic challenges regarding information management within an organisation.

These challenges include areas such as:
(1) · Identifying information handling processes;
(2) · Establishing information policies;
(3) · Reviewing personal information management practices; (4) · Developing continuous improvement of information management practices in conjunction with other existing audit functions.

NetIKX is running a seminar on 4th November 2014 on the topic of the "Wider Horizons For Information Audit. Discussion and presentations will examine the evolution of the information audit process, the various ways that it is now being used within organisations and how this evolution aligns with the changes that have occurred within the information profession and the broader information management environment. It includes case studies that provide examples of how the Information Audit process is being used today.

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  • Thanks for the feedback Andrew. All very good points, and I agree. I haven't seen or heard Sue Henczel's presentation yet, but have looked at some of her prior work and papers she's published and think that she does apply a fairly wide perspective to IA. I can certainly raise your points at the seminar if I don't feel they have been addressed - or maybe you'll be there yourself?!
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  • Sounds interesting Steve - speaking as an IS/IT auditor I worry about information audits that focus on policy, process and governance but don't consider, creation, content, access, culture, use and value. In other words what is being produced, by whom and in what form; how easy is it to access and share? Does the culture promote sharing or knowledge retention, how is information being used and reused and what business value is being derived? Often audits focus on locking things down and while standards and policies are important, you generally don't get more innovation by adding governance. ;-)
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Wider Horizons For Information Audit

  1. 1. Wider Horizons for Information Audit A seminar of the Network for Information & Knowledge Exchange n Tuesday 4 November 2014 Overview Over recent years information audit (IA) has become an activity providing enterprise-wide information management solutions to business challenges. IA has begun to engage business leaders, business analysts and other stake-holders. These include policy makers external to the business, who see IA as a tool that can be used to address operational and strategic challenges regarding information management within an organisation. The challenges include areas such as identifying information handling ­processes; establishing information policies; reviewing how people perform personal ­information management; and implementing continuous improvement of information management practices in conjunction with other audit functions. These presentations discuss the evolution of the information audit process, the various ways that it is now being used within organisations and how this evolution aligns with the changes that have occurred within the information profession and the broader information management environment. They include case studies of how the IA process is being used today. Intended learning outcomes 1. Recognising the current evolution of the information audit; 2. Accepting information audit as an enterprise information management tool; 3. Understanding the alignment between the evolution of the information audit process and that of the information management profession. Graham Robertson has a background in engineering and finance, and is the Principal Associate of Bracken Associates, which he formed in 1988. He specialises in the strategic implementation of information and knowledge management initiatives. Currently, Graham’s main interest is the development of information audit, not only in its relationship with information governance and finan-cial audit, but also as a clearly defined learning opportunity outside its tradi-tional arena of library and information sciences. In 1992, Graham became one of the founder members of the Aslib IRM (Information Resources Management) Network, an Aslib special interest group, now operating independently as NetIKX. WHEN? Tuesday 4 November 2014 14:00 to 17:00 WHERE? The British Dental Assocn, 64 Wimpole Street London W1G 8YS (Nearest tube: Bond St) COSTS Free to NetIKX members (join on signup) £5o attendance fee for non-members HASHTAG #netikx70 REGISTRATION at NetIKX Web Site: shortened URL: http://is.gd/netikx70 or http://bt.ly/1wbeqM4 Sue Henczel has held management and operational positions in government, corporate, public and academic libraries, as well as for an academic library consortium provid-ing services to libraries in all sectors. During this time she has held key roles within various professional associations, includ-ing the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and the Statistics and Evaluation Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). She is a member of the Editorial Board of Library Manage-ment (Emerald) and its Book Review Editor. Sue is an SLA Fellow and recipient of the 2008 Presidential Citation for services to the Association. She is a member of the United Nations (Asia) Consultant Roster and Director on the Board of Public Libraries Australia. Sue has written and presented extensively on information audit, library metrics, knowledge management, benchmarking and performance measurement. She is currently a PhD candi-date at RMIT University, Melbourne, where she is researching the impact of national library associations, and is a sessional lecturer in the RMIT University Master of Information Man-agement program.

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