The RMAA’s national awards for excellence in records management, the J. Eddis Linton Awards, were presented on day one at the joint national RMAA/ASA convention held in Hobart in September 2001.
Most Outstanding Student – Gillian Drew
Gillian, having worked in the industry for 5 years, decided that this was an environment where she wanted to ‘make a difference’ but that her inexperience and lack of knowledge on how to make it happen left her feeling frustrated. Rather than accepting things as they stood, she took to the campuses of the University of Canberra and is currently studying a Bachelor of Information Management (Library and Information Studies), so far having received 2 high distinctions, 7 distinctions and 3 credits for her effort. On completion of her degree, her aim is to work in the records management industry, do the best she can, make a difference and ‘get it right’.
Most Outstanding Individual – Craig Batchelor
Craig received glowing accolades from his employer and co-workers, along with peers from several like organisations. Mareeba Shire Council considers Craig to be an instrumental part in their push for a ‘paperless office’. Having been involved in all aspects of the introduction of electronic records management software, from installation to writing training notes and procedures for the system. Over time a number of other councils in far North Queensland have approached him and requested his help in installing the same program in their sites and in training staff. Not content with his achievements, he has since implemented a Customer Request System and developed a Records Reference Library at Mareeba. Words used to describe Craig have included thorough, gracious, knowledgeable, willing to assist and most importantly ‘totally committed to records management’.
Most Outstanding Group – Western Power Corporation
Accepted by Kerry Nichols on their behalf.
The Most Outstanding Group award was proudly sponsored by ‘The One Umbrella Group’ and was presented to Western Power Corporation. Western Power’s Information and Knowledge Management Consulting Group successfully completed a document management project that brought about recognition and awareness of records management policies and procedures to 2,100 staff. Every one of these staff members from Management to ‘blue collar’ is now responsible for profiling electronic and paper documents on the Corporate Document Management System. These documents have mandatory allocations to a corporate correspondence file, which is subsequently linked to a retention and disposal schedule. Their detailed submission covered the areas of innovation, best practice, commitment to records management issues and increased awareness of the profession to those outside the RMAA.