Vol 50, Issue 1
September 2020

What's Inside


Welcome back!

The world is changing rapidly right now, so as we enter another chapter year, your Oregon ARMA is also changing a few things:
  • FREE virtual meetings: while we regret not being able to meet in person, we have an exciting lineup of virtual meetings free of charge! Given that many of us face increased financial restraints at this time, your chapter board is committed to continuing to provide valuable and affordable training and networking opportunities. To that end, we will be offering our virtual meetings free of charge, though we appreciate if are able to make a small donation (details forthcoming on how to do so). We also want to leverage the knowledge of our chapter membership, so please let us know if you are interested in presenting!
  • New newsletter format: in an increasingly paperless world, we're moving a new format optimized to read on your computer or mobile devices. We still hope to offer the same great content, but will need our help so please consider contributing! Have an experience or know of an opportunity that your colleagues would benefit from? Have a question to pose to the group? No matter how big or small, please don't hesitate to pass it along to
If you have other ideas for how we can make your ARMA chapter work for better for you let us know!

September Chapter Meeting

Unfortunately, due to the impacts of widespread wildfires we need to cancel this month's meeting.

Hope everyone is staying safe and we'll catch you at next month's meeting!

Updates and resources on Oregon wildfires:


Upcoming Meetings

October 13: Matt Brown, State Archives
November 10: David Hildebrandt, SAIF

Stay tuned for details!

ARMA Virtual InfoCon

Registration is open for ARMA InfoCon 2020 – the premier event for information professionals to connect, learn, and shape the industry. This year’s event will be unlike any other virtual gathering, as our selected platform offers high-tech features and tools to create a fresh, engaging experience for all.
Our unique platform brings added value
As we continue to perfect the conference program, we pledge to deliver a digital format that is useful, intuitive, and conducive to easy networking with peers around the globe. Our virtual platform highlights include:
  • Advanced Networking. Match up with professionals of relevant interests by simply optimizing your profile with key details.
  • Custom Agenda. Save specific sessions and build your own daily plan for quick access as you consider the 100+ sessions and 80+ CEUs that are available.
  • 1:1 Meetings. Schedule time with peers or prospects with live, in-app video calling. Invitees can receive automatic notifications and download notes after the meeting.
  • Dedicated Activity Feed. Engage with our integrated stream of social media channels without ever leaving the conference page.
  • Mobile Access. On the go during the program? No problem. InfoCon will be available on desktop and smartphone applications.
  • Partner Showcase. Browse through our conference partners and exhibitors via a searchable directory and interact with company representatives in real-time.
Spread the word
We’re on a mission to make this year’s event more globally connected than ever. Support us by sharing details on ARMA InfoCon with acquaintances, colleagues, and friends. Utilize our official hashtags to join the digital conversation: #ARMA2020 and #InfoCon
(Groups of 5 or more from the same organization can contact for corporate package discounts.)

Meet your new Board of Directors!

Connor Edmonds   

Director of Membership
Amanda Watson

Nasir Mcknight

Lindsay Lambert

Director of Education
Jenny Phengdara

Newsletter Editor
Leela Yellesetty

Tyrene Bada

New Member Spotlight

Andrea Hockman

Andrea Hockman has been the Records Manager at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue since June 2019. In the first year she implemented a records request management software, coordinated a move of the agency’s hard copy records archive, and designed new trainings on public records and retention. She is driven by a nerdy interest in making complex ideas easy to understand.
Andrea has a Master’s in Public Health Research and fifteen years’ experience in private sector healthcare prior to TVF&R.  She joined ARMA to meet others in the field and to seek advice on best methods for digital records oversight utilizing built-in tools through Microsoft 365, Sharepoint, and Outlook. Please reach out to with any tips!

Leanne Davis

My name is Leanne Davis, and I have worked in Records Management for about seven years. I am currently working in Compliance and Governance as a Records and Information Management Specialist. I enjoy the challenges that present themselves in the ever-changing records world. I decided to join ARMA after looking for an organization that best represented the things I enjoy about records management. I also found that ARMA has a wealth of resources available for their members. For example, I am looking forward to Virtual InfoCon coming up. I think ARMA will be a good fit, and I am glad to be a part of it. I hope to virtually meet everyone soon.


Membership Anniversaries

Franklin Milton, 2007
Tyrene Bada, 2007
Alanna Colwell, 2007

Andrew Penta, 1991
Cheryl Gibson, 2010
Yvonne Behrens, 2011
Deborah Hansen, 2018

Amanda Watson, 2010
Adam Spalding, 2017
Sarah Skroch, 2017

Becky Shoemaker, 1997
Mary Beth Heckert, 2000
Amanda Potter, 2017
Kristen Mercer, 2019
Stephanie Clark, 2019
Alecia Giombolini, 2019

Job Postings

Assistant City Recorder, Oregon City

Records and Information Management Specialist, US Department of Veteran's Affairs

Criminal Records Specialist, Washington County

Instructor Pool - Information Management, Oregon State University

From the ARMA Magazine

How the Pandemic Can Affect IG in Positive Ways

We are in the midst of some major societal changes because of this pandemic. Whether you are struggling with staying at home or struggling with having to go to work, one thing is sure — we are all learning new ways to work with the resources we have. I see two big shifts that could impact the way corporations see and leverage information governance (IG): 1) The pandemic has made us more aware of our individual need for privacy and protection, and therefore more responsive to others’ needs. 2) The pandemic has pushed the growth of video communications and therefore inadvertently led many of us to adopt some powerful IG tools related to capture, categorization, and collection. This heightened awareness around our information has the potential to positively impact our ability to govern it, if we take advantage of this moment.

ARMA End of Summer Sale

'End of Summer' Sale is Extended! Credentials at a 20% Discount!

Good news! The "End of Summer" sale is surviving the end of summer! The discounts remain through the first week of autumn – through September 30, to be precise.
Get a 20% discount on our most popular e-learning certificates, plus the IGP certification and multiple top-selling publications.
Use the promo code SUM20 to save 20% on these great resources:
E-Learning Certificates
IGP Certification

News Bites

Recent records related headlines from the greater Oregon area

Becky Chiao named Oregon's new Public Records Advocate
As Public Records Advocate, Chiao will provide facilitated dispute resolution services for public records requests and will conduct statewide trainings on the requirements and best practices for processing and responding to public records requests. Chiao comes to the state from the City of Portland, where she has worked since 2001, first as Deputy Ombudsman and then as a Civil Rights Claims Analyst—a position she has held since 2004. Read more.

Oregon releases police misconduct records, other states follow suit

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody, Oregon has released the names of over 1,700 officers whose transgressions over the past 50 years were so serious that they were banned from working in law enforcement in the state. The online posting last week came after the state Legislature created a law requiring the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish a statewide public database of officers whose certification has been revoked or suspended. Read more.

DOC denies request for correctional facility video footage

This was the second such request sent by The Argus Observer in an aim to see whether the virus outbreaks at the prison were related to numerous reports of widespread noncompliance of correctional officers when it comes to wearing masks when closer than 6 feet to inmates.In its denial of the most recent request, Oregon DOC explained its reasoning was the same as previously cited for random video footage: maintaining “internal order and security, for the safety of staff and the adults in custody,” as such footage, “if disclosed, would allow adults in custody to avoid surveillance and permit identification of potential weaknesses in the department’s security measures.” Read more.

State records show grocery stores are reluctant to enforce mask rules
Since mid-March, more than 5,400 Oregonians have complained to state regulators about workplace safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, records show. At least 449 of those complaints—nearly 1 in 12—are about grocery stores. The concerns range from people standing too close together to cashiers working while sick. Increasingly, those complaints center on one allegation: grocery chains not making their customers wear masks, as required by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Read more.

Computer breach at OSU exposes personal info of 1700
The personal information of some Oregon State University students and faculty members may have been compromised during a computer security breach, official said. A hacker accessed a computer server for the university's Ecampus online education program this summer, gaining access to records containing the names and OSU email address of about 1,700 students and faculty. In some cases, the hacker also gained access to their personal mailing addresses and phone numbers. Read more.

Requester's voice: SPJ Oregon's Rachel Alexander
Rachel Alexander is the president of the Oregon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is currently a journalist with the Salem Reporter where she covers education and other topics. Here she is interviewed about her perspectives on Oregon's Public Records law and her experience making public records requests. Read more.

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