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Inside NIRMA - Spring March 2018 Issue

Professional Development

Professional Development Business Unit (PDBU) News By Tammy Cutts, PDBU Director reparations for the 2018 NIRMA Conference are underway, and the PDBU has some fantastic opportunities for you this year. Before I talk about those, I’d like to introduce myself to those who may not know me. I am the (Nuc) Records Analyst for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California, working at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in Avila Beach. I spent one year as a clerk scanning records before my promotion to analyst nearly 12 years ago. In 2016, I joined Anita Beren as the codirector of PDBU and took over as director this year with her appointment to the NIRMA Board of Directors. Professional development is a component of my annual review at PG&E, and PDBU is working to provide conference attendees with opportunities to check that box if it’s a part of yours. Briefly, the following training sessions are planned for the conference. More detailed information about each will be coming in the future, so watch for that as you plan your conference attendance. AIIM Jesse Wilkins of AIIM, Director, Professional Development will be leading the Modern Records Management, (MRM) Specialist course. The MRM course gives you a thorough understanding of how to best automate the way digital information is managed in support of business goals and objectives. The course covers the entire lifecycle of nextScan nextScan’s Virtual Film archive creates an environment not Continued from Page 8 unlike that found on reader/ printers. It is like you are scrolling through a roll of microfilm but at the speed of the digital age by going directly to any individual document instantly. Utilizing these advancements dramatically cuts down the time it takes for retrieval! The other critical element of digital documents is having the ability to enhance the captured images. The Virtual Film software allows users to adjust and edit images if the quality of the microfilm images themselves are less than optimal. In addition, many rolls of microfilm were filmed under less than ideal conditions. Previously, a user could only duplicate the file up to the quality provided. By utilizing new software technology, the user is able to access easy on-screen controls to adjust lightness/darkness, sharpening, and contrast of scanned images. records and provides the skills needed to position records managers as business enablers. Records Management University Offered by Mitch Farbstein, Vice President of Sales for Feith Systems, this NIRMA one-day training session will be a unique combination of six one-hour long sessions from his Records Management University series, covering many of the essential elements of records management. RIM Tech Bruce Miller is President of RIMtech and will offer Managing Electronic Records with Microsoft SharePoint®. This seminar is a comprehensive review of Electronic Document & Records Management System (EDRMS) project implementation for Microsoft SharePoint. IT attendees will learn the essential recordkeeping science they’ll need to understand, and how to achieve successful SharePoint adoption. Other professional development opportunities available for you to consider are the professional certifications of Certified Records Analyst (CRA) and Certified Records Manager (CRM). This CRA certification is obtained by With these enhancements, information that may have been lost forever might be salvageable. Those images now have a chance to be saved in the file format of your choice, whether PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and dozens more, for quick access for many years to come. Storing Converted Files See PDBU on page 18. Digital images captured by the FlexScan are sent to a server or Ribbon Storage Device (RSD) for quick and easy retrieval using Virtual Film. Now, when a request is received, instead of heading to the microfilm collection, any record manager can access the RSD, select the roll and document, and receive the file instantly! Working with analog microfilm documents can be challenging. The team at nextScan continually strives to make working with those documents that much easier. Learn how nextScan conversion scanners can help in your facility by creating quicker and accurate information exchange. 16 Spring 2018 Inside NIRMA

Ameren Workers Departing for Puerto Rico Crews from Missouri, Illinois will help accelerate power restoration effort. NEWS PROVIDED BY Ameren Corporation ST. LOUIS, Jan. 25, 2018 / PRNewswire/ -- A total of 76 Ameren line workers and support personnel from Missouri and Illinois fly to Puerto Rico tomorrow morning. Their mission will be to repair energy infrastructure and ultimately help restore power to the citizens of Puerto Rico due to the catastrophic destruction of electric infrastructure following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Ameren and other U.S. energy companies who are members of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) are part of a contingent of 1,500 additional personnel arriving from the United States, increasing the total number of power restoration workers in Puerto Rico to more than 5,500. Ameren crews will be deployed for three week rotations. Equipment from Ameren, including trucks and trailers, left by barge from Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this month and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. "This restoration mission is a massive, unprecedented mutual aid effort," said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corporation. "We wish our coworkers, who volunteered for this assignment, and other crews from across the industry safe travels as they do extraordinary work to bring the power back to the citizens of Puerto Rico." The island has been sectored into seven regions for purposes of the restoration. Ameren co-workers will work in the Carolina Region, located on the northeast coast immediately east of San Juan. Read full article here. House Passes Bills Supporting Neutron Reactor, Radiation Study Feb. 15, 2018—The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills related to nuclear energy research and development. Earlier this week, the House passed H.R. 4378 supporting the construction of a versatile reactor -based fast neutron source and H.R. 4675 to increase the understanding of the health effects of low-dose radiation. “This research reactor, a Versatile Neutron Source, is critical for the development of advanced reactor designs, materials, and nuclear fuels. This type of research requires access to fast neutrons, which are currently only available for civilian research in Russia,” said Rep. Randy Weber (R- Texas). The Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act, sponsored by Weber, was introduced in November of last year. The bill would authorize construction of a fast neutron research reactor to be operational by Dec. 31, 2025. This new user facility would provide fast neutron irradiation capabilities which could be used to help develop new reactor designs, new fuel designs, and study ways to improve nuclear fuel fabrication and reactor performance. Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) introduced the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 4675) in December of last year. Marshall said the bill will, among other things, direct the Department of Energy to carry out basic research on low dose radiation. “Currently, there is ample data that demonstrates the harmful effects that high-dose radiation has on the human body,” Rep. Marshall said. “Yet, as it stands today, there are few measurements or studies seeking to understand low-dose radiation’s effects. This absence of evidence does not give the medical community or government regulators the ability to accurately assess and make the very best decisions for their patients.” NEI Vice President of Governmental Affairs Beverly Marshall said the industry welcomed passage of the two bills and looked forward to working with Capitol Hill to secure their swift enactment. “NEI appreciates the hard work and strong congressional support for these two bills and we hope the United States Senate will do their part to get these bills to the president’s desk,” Marshall said. “Having an American fast neutron research reactor will help researchers to discover new ways to improve nuclear power plant performance without relying on resources in foreign countries. “The Low Dose Radiation Research Act will improve our knowledge about the impact, if any, of low radiation doses, to better shape policies and programs which ensure safety in a science-based and costeffective manner. Article reprinted with permission of Nuclear Energy Institute. Read full article here. Inside NIRMA Spring 2018 17