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    Two Chapter Members Named Fellows of ARMA International

    Our very own chapter members Melissa Dederer and Anita Castora were each given the coveted designation of Fellow of ARMA International at the annual conference in Anaheim, CA. This is the highest award given by ARMA. The Metro NYC Chapter is proud to celebrate Melissa's and Anita's accomplishment and recognition that they are leaders among leaders.

    The Company of Fellows award honors members of ARMA International who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements and contributions in RIM, as well as through noteworthy accomplishments in all levels of the association. To be considered, individuals must be ARMA International members of 10 or more years in good standing and have a positive reputation in ethics, professional responsibility, and professional standards.

    Chapter-Subsidized Study on Court Decisions on Information Management Published

    The ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF) has released a free report titled "Information Management and the Courts: An Update," written by John C. Montana, J.D., FIIM, FAI.

    The Foundation thanks the ARMA Metro New York City Chapter for the financial contributions made to support this research project.

    The report analyzes U.S. court decisions on information management in these areas:

    • Data breaches and liability – Who owns data collected in cloud-based systems? Who has standing to litigate when breaches occur?
    • E-discovery and spoliation – What constitutes ownership, custody, and control of records and data, particularly as the lines blur between personal and business devices, and data distributed among systems is shared by business partners, contractors, vendors, and others?
    • Records and information policies and procedures – How do the courts view them; how do they operate in litigation?
    • Data rights – What rights does an organization have to data that it receives or collects from clients and other third parties?


    The report focuses on cases from 2000 to 2018, with older cases cited as background for discussion of newer cases and topics. Case topics have been selected to reflect current issues of interest and areas where legal doctrine is new or uncertain.

    The report supplements earlier work by this and other authors. It's available at:

    BitmoGene Telegram - October 2018


    my fellow denizens of digital data,

    stewards of information,

    guardians of vaults and vital records!  

    I am BitmoGene, the much more handsome (and slightly sassy) digital alter-ego of the “real” Gene (if there is such a thing).  Pleased to make your acquaintance :)

    As I inherit the duty of the monthly President’s message to our members and friends from my own good friend and predecessor, Mary Sherwin, I hope to be communicating with you regularly going forward, informing you of the latest happenings here at the ARMA Metro NYC Chapter.

    As you know, the 2018-2019 season is well in full swing and we have been busy planning the year ahead.  We’ve already had some stellar events, starting with September's deep dive into the fascinating topic of analytics (September ARMA@Nite).  And just last week, in kicking off archives month, we were thrilled to be joined by Bridget Sisk of the U.N. Secretariat (yes that’s “U.N.” as in United Nations), to learn about the multi-faceted role records and archives play in … well, the dream of world peace. 

    What the Wha??

    As a reminder to those of you who’ve been hiding under a rock… er, I mean out of pocket… We produce several formats of top of the line educational content, including:

    • ARMA@Nite - our staple monthly evening dinner meetings featuring big-topic speakers 

    • ARMA@Noon - our monthly noon lunch-and-learn sessions 

    • Annual Conference - our flagship multi-track educational event that rivals national conferences in scale and scope, taking place every spring … keep an eye out for details and early-bird registration

     As always, our live educational events are flush with scrumptious catered meals, and are book-ended with mingling and good old fashioned networking.  It’s a great opportunity to engage with like-minded information governance practitioners, meet new friends, and perhaps reconnect with old ones.

    Sneak Peek

    This year we are also working on implementing a webcasting/webinar technology, to allow remote attendance at select  educational sessions.  We will be piloting this program shortly, and hope to roll it out over the next few weeks and months.

    No Dull Jacks Here

    Hardly known as the “all work and no play” types, we also put on quite the evening with our famous winter and summer socials in appreciation of our members and sponsors, respectively.  All are welcome and it’s always an amazing time. Speaking of amazing times, one of the super fun engagements we’ll be developing this year is our flash mob karaoke parties.  Yes, I’m serious.  And it’s actually a pretty complex process, so try to stay with me here:

    1. We blast #flashmobkaraoke with a soon-to-be gathering date/time/location

    2. You show up to said location on date/time

    3. We all sing (it looks something like this):

    As you can see, there is literally something for everyone!  So as you mull over your options, do me a favor and drop me a note at, and let me know if you like what you’re reading, or would like more information on our live and/or webinar educational events.  I’d love to hear your feedback. And speaking of engaging …

    Volunteer and Benefit   

    We get it.  There’s a lot going on in your professional, family and social lives.  We have those too (some more than others).  But volunteering for your local ARMA chapter affords you tremendous opportunities in professional development, networking and new friendships that you would simply not get an opportunity to experience otherwise.  Why not take a closer look at all we have to offer:  And in turn, offer us your creative energy and fresh perspective on how to help lead our profession into the next generation.  It’s a match made in heaven.

    Calling All ARMA Live! 2018 Conference Attendees

    Hear ye, hear ye!  If ye are a member of this glorious collection of … umm ... other members, and are registered for the annual conference in Anaheim, won’t you please join us for a networking reception at the following location and time:

    The Hall of Regions (Northeast Region booth)
    Monday, October 22nd 5:00pm-6:00pm

    And if you’re not a member of ARMA Metro NYC, stop by and have a drink, and let me personally convince you why not being a member is such a terrible idea. 

    Partner Events and Programs

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, hope to see you at a chapter event soon!


    Eugene Stakhov, CRM, CDIA+
    ARMA Metro NYC Chapter


    Chapter Members: ARMA's Session of the Month is Now Available!

    Get That Content!

    Every ARMA Metro NYC chapter member is provided access to ARMA International's Session of the Month education. You're welcome :)

    This education is taken from past ARMA International Live! Conferences. As a chapter member, you can access the sessions through the INEXPO platform.

    Visit the Session of the Month section of your ARMA Metro NYC Chapter group page on to learn more! 

    Not a member yet?  What are you waiting for?  Visit our membership page and get started.

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