Information Governance for Executives

by Robert F. Smallwood

Information governance (IG)—the ability to secure, control and optimize information—is increasingly seen as a critical initiative in well–run organizations. Executives charged with leading IG programs will benefit from this book, which clearly lays out basic concepts & includes advice from experienced IG leaders.

This book will provide you with crystal-clear definitions of IG and its concepts, give you a high-level understanding of the drivers and benefits of IG, help you develop the business case, and show you how to launch and manage an ongoing IG program.

The book answers key questions: What is IG? Why do we need IG? Who should be involved? Where do we start? How dow we implement?

With this book Robert Smallwood, the world's leading IG author and trainer, lights the path for executives to help streamline their IG approach and avoid bumps in the IG program road. It is a quick read but also a lasting resource.


Information Governance for Executives: Fundamentals & Strategies

by Robert F. Smallwood

​March 2016, paperback $49
E-book $45 USD


"Fantastically thorough and practical."   
- Julie Colgan, Nuix
"There is no better or more timely book about IG on the shelves today."    

- Thornton May, Futurist & Author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics
"The first book to articulate a truly holistic approach to IG."      
- Barclay T. Blair, IG Initiative
"A comprehensive & authoritative resource on the management of electronic records never before available."   
- Robert F. Williams,
Cohasset Associates

Information Governance Education

Safeguarding Critical E-Documents:  Implementing a Program for Securing Confidential Information Assets

by Robert F. Smallwood, Foreword by Barclay T. Blair 

July 2012, Hardcover $50.03

E-book $47.53  USD

Safeguarding Critical E-Documents:  Implementing a Program for Securing Confidential Information Assets

by Robert F. Smallwood

Practical, step-by-step guidance for corporations, universities and government agencies to protect and secure confidential documents and business records.

Managers and public officials are looking for technology and information governance solutions to "information leakage" in an understandable, concise format. Safeguarding Critical E-Documents provides a road map for corporations, governments, financial services firms, hospitals, law firms, universities and other organizations to safeguard their internal electronic documents and private communications.

  • Provides practical, step-by-step guidance on protecting sensitive and confidential documents—even if they leave the organization electronically or on portable devices

  • Presents a blueprint for corporations, governments, financial services firms, hospitals, law firms, universities and other organizations to safeguard internal electronic documents and private communications

  • Offers a concise format for securing your organizations from information leakage

In light of the recent WikiLeaks revelations, governments and businesses have heightened awareness of the vulnerability of confidential internal documents and communications. Timely and relevant, Safeguarding Critical E-Documents shows how to keep internal documents from getting into the wrong hands and weakening your competitive position, or possible damaging your organization's reputation and leading to costly investigations.

Managing Electronic Records: Methods, Best Practices, and Technologies

by Robert F. Smallwood

The ultimate guide to electronic records management, featuring a collaboration of expert practitioners including over 400 cited references documenting today's global trends, standards, and best practices.

Nearly all business records created today are electronic, and are increasing in number at breathtaking rates, yet most organizations do not have the policies and technologies in place to effectively organize, search, protect, preserve, and produce these records. Authored by an internationally recognized expert on e-records in collaboration with leading subject matter experts worldwide, this authoritative text addresses the widest range of in-depth e-records topics available in a single volume.

Using guidance from information governance (IG) principles, the book covers methods and best practices for everything from new e-records inventorying techniques and retention schedule development, to taxonomy design, business process improvement, managing vital records, and long term digital preservation. It goes further to include international standards and metadata considerations and then on to proven project planning, system procurement, and implementation methodologies.Managing Electronic Records is filled with current, critical information on e-records management methods, emerging best practices, and key technologies.

  • Thoroughly introduces the fundamentals of electronic records management

  • Explains the use of ARMA's Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles

  • Distills e-records best practices for email, social media, and cloud computing

  • Reveals the latest techniques for e-records inventorying and retention scheduling

  • Covers MS SharePoint governance planning for e-records including policy guidelines

  • Demonstrates how to optimally apply business process improvement techniques

  • Makes clear how to implement e-document security strategies and technologies

  • Fully presents and discusses long term digital preservation strategies and standards

Managing e-records is a critical area, especially for those organizations faced with increasing regulatory compliance requirements, greater litigation demands, and tightened internal governance. Timely and relevant, Managing Electronic Records reveals step-by-step guidance for organizing, managing, protecting, and preserving electronic records.

Managing Electronic Records: Methods, Best Practices, and Technologies

by Robert F. Smallwood,
Foreword by Robert F. Williams 

April 2013, Hardcover $116.73

E-book $99.99  USD

Information Governance: Concepts, Strategies, & Best Practices

by Robert F. Smallwood

​April 2014, Hardcover $62.73
E-book $49.99 USD


Information Governance:  Concepts, Strategies, & Best Practices

by Robert F. Smallwood

Proven and emerging strategies for addressing document and records management risk within the framework of information governance principles and best practices Information Governance (IG) is a rapidly emerging "super discipline" and is now being applied to electronic document and records management, email, social media, cloud computing, mobile computing, and, in fact, the management and output of information organization-wide. IG leverages information technologies to enforce policies, procedures and controls to manage information risk in compliance with legal and litigation demands, external regulatory requirements, and internal governance objectives.Information Governance: Concepts, Strategies, and Best Practices reveals how, and why, to utilize IG and leverage information technologies to control, monitor, and enforce information access and security policies.

  • Written by one of the most recognized and published experts on information governance, including specialization in e-document security and electronic records management

  • Provides big picture guidance on the imperative for information governance and best practice guidance on electronic document and records management

  • Crucial advice and insights for compliance and risk managers, operations managers, corporate counsel, corporate records managers, legal administrators, information technology managers, archivists, knowledge managers, and information governance professionals

IG sets the policies that control and manage the use of organizational information, including social media, mobile computing, cloud computing, email, instant messaging, and the use of e-documents and records. This extends to e-discovery planning and preparation. Information Governance: Concepts, Strategies, and Best Practices provides step-by-step guidance for developing information governance strategies and practices to manage risk in the use of electronic business documents and records.


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