Insights from practitioners in Information Management

Issue 56 – Who do you work for

The April edition of Information Overload for Registrants contains some exciting information. But rather than tell you about them in this section, I’ll let you read the e-zine to find out more.

In this issue we will look at:
• Who do you work for – really?
• Don’t take credit for another person’s work
• Job Opportunities
• Notes from the Office
• A Thought to ponder – You may be wondering why we have started this month’s edition of Information Overload for Registrants with a link to our website. Well the answer is simple – we are launching a brand new online version of IEA.

For the first time you can register online (those of you who have already registered your details have been added to the database already – contact lorraine – for your login details), you can book courses online and order our publications – all via the web site.

As with all things there may be one or two typos and grammatical errors, a case of reading but not always seeing what is in front of us, and these will be corrected as and when we come across them. Or you can let us know where they are…no prizes but still a chance to get involved. The other thing that we would love you to do as you wander through the site is to suggest pages/topics that we haven’t covered to date. This is as much your website as it is ours.

For those of you who read this and are registered for employment opportunities but are not currently on contract to a host employer – when you log in, you will notice that you now have access to some additional information. When you accept a fixed-term contract your login details will change (you keep the same login name and password) so that you also have access to additional information, forms and templates. Once your contract has finished your login will revert back to registrant login only. The reason why we have decided to do this is – because as a registrant you simply do not need the additional forms, so why clog up your online experience.

We hope you like the new site and we look forward to hearing your comments.

Who do you work for – really?
Thank you to those of you who have decided to remain with IEA for another year, by filling in and returning the annual update forms. If you haven’t yet completed these and want to remain registered for employment opportunities you will need to get these back to Rachel by the closing date stated on the letter.

One of the things that we have noticed is that one or two of you have not put down Information Enterprises Australia as your employer on your form. We would just like to remind you that you are working on fixed term contract to a host employer, IEA pays all your tax, super and silly things like workers compensation and public liabilities insurance, which makes us your employer whilst on contract. You should advise us if you are taking time off or if you are sick and unable to go into the host employer at any time.

Does this sound like we are nit picking – well consider this. The host employer may need someone to replace you whilst you are away, especially if the job you are doing is to a set timeframe, and your absence means the project cannot be completed, we may be able to slot someone in to cover you. In addition to this, consider that you are going to apply for a full time position and the potential employer looks at your CV and notices that in the last 12 months you have worked for a dozen different organisations, chances are going to be good you will not be asked to attend an interview. Either they will think you are a troublemaker or that you are incapable of holding down a job for any length of time. If however, under each position title/organisation you state that it was a contract position with IEA, then you won’t have the same problem.

Don’t take credit for another person’s work
And whilst we are on the subject of professional ethics and CV’s, be careful in the choice of words that you use to describe your part in projects. When it comes time to check references, the truth will become rather clearer.

News from the Office

The big news this month is as we have mentioned, the launch of IEA’s new web presence. There are special sections for those people who are registered for employment opportunities and those of you who are currently working on contract through IEA. Simply contact lorraine on or telephone 08 9335 2533 for your login details. 

The other big news item this month is that we now have accredited TRIM trainers. This means that we will be going into development of brand new training courses focusing on the software application – namely Power User, Desktop User, Admin, Workflow and Archiving. Of course, as soon as we have more information for you, we will let you know.

And finally for April, Information Enterprises Australia Pty Ltd (IEA) has great pleasure in bringing Kay Söderlund of Preservation Australia to Perth in September 2007 to run a two-day training programme on Disaster Preparedness and Salvage Procedures.

Kay has worked as a professional conservator for over 25 years and has extensive experience working with several major museums, including the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and the State Library of New South Wales, where she headed the project to conserve the Journals of the First Fleet for the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations. She has also worked with corporations and private collectors, artists and family historians – advising them on the most practical, ethical and appropriate means of protecting their collections.  In August 2004, Kay established Preservation Australia – a conservation consulting, training and archival supply business. She has developed and run workshops and seminars in paper conservation, preventive conservation and basic conservation techniques, for those responsible for the care of collections.

In 2000 Kay authored ‘Be Prepared: Guidelines for Small Museums for Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan’, written for the Heritage Collections Council. She also developed the training package for industry service providers based on ‘Be Prepared’.  Every participant at the Training Course will receive a copy free of charge!

The Courses:
Are you responsible for the conservation of materials, records and artifacts? Or would you just like to know more about this fascinating subject? There are limited places available!

Day 1: Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan
This course focuses on how to prepare and write a Disaster Preparedness Plan.

Day 2: Salvage Procedures
The day will involve practical demonstrations and hands-on work for all participants in salvage procedures, focusing on paper, documents, photographs, and books.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW IN ATTENDING THESE COURSES IN SEPTEMBER 2007 and be one of only 20 people in Western Australia to work with Kay this year! The cost is $660.00 inc GST for the 2 days!  EMAIL – or RING (08) 9335 2533

RSVP by 1st May 2007.

A Thought to Ponder
“All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthen by exercise.”
Anne Bronte (1820-1849)
English Writer and Poet