Member Spotlight: Gary Logan

By Boshia Smith posted 23 days ago


Gary LoganDid you have a chance to meet Gary at AIIM19?  Gary is the Enterprise Lead at Takeda Pharmaceuticals and also a proud father of a recent preschool graduate:).  If you have not had a chance to meet Gary, please do so here.

Gary Logan
Enterprise eArchives Lead
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Where do you live in?  Phoenixville, PA (about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia).

How long have you worked in information management? 

Over a year (previous experience includes 7 years in Quality Assurance, 9 years computer/automation validation consulting).

What does your work entail? Do you have company support? How are you helping drive the goals of your office through your work? 

My work includes the responsibilities of digital materials created by, given to, and divested from all company business areas for long-term digital preservation including the creation of metadata records and for policies/procedures regarding the creation, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access to these materials.  I am responsible for consulting and providing guidance to stakeholders on all data appraisal and digital curation activities.

I do have support from the company in what I do as doing my work drives company cost savings (IT department), cost avoidance (from regulatory bodies), and ensures company electronic data is stored, secured, and retained as necessary until the digital records need to be properly dispositioned based on our retention schedule.

What has been the biggest success in your career in information management? 

I am only about a year into my career as an Enterprise Earchives Lead, but our team has completed many projects regarding electronic archiving and electronic remediation.  Though, I would say my biggest success in my career so far is taking an existing Digital Appraisal and Digital Curation (DADC) program and working to continuously improve and mature the program by providing my own thoughts and ideas with my technical and Quality background and promoting it globally throughout the company.  

What’s your current biggest work challenge? 

My biggest work challenge to date is working during integration/harmonization activities between two companies while working to continuously improve and mature the current DADC program with constant change.

What does Intelligent Information Management mean to you?

Intelligent Information Management to me means just what it says, how to manage information (especially electronic information and records) with intelligence by asking questions about our information/records.  Some questions include:

  • How can we classify organize our information/records, so we can easily retrieve our information?
  • How can we successfully automate our tools/applications, so we can manage our information and records with more intelligence?
  • Do we know what information/records we have and how to properly disposition them once we do not need them any longer?
  • Are our information/records secure and compliant? If not, how do we accomplish this to meet regulations/laws?

What are the top 3 things you have gotten out of being a member AIIM? 

  1. Learn from and network with other industries on how they manage their records and information
  2. Keep up, develop, and diversify my knowledge on key topics such as privacy (i.e. GDPR) and records and information management automation
  3. My CIP certification!

As it’s now 2019, what’s one thing you’re looking forward to in the new year?

Looking forward to further improving and maturing our program while taking on any challenges head-on.  I like to keep things moving, at work and at home.  Life is great!

How do you feel the training courses you’ve taken with AIIM has helped you?

The training courses I have taken with AIIM so far has helped me tremendously in what I do.  They provide a refresher on topics, yet I always seem to learn quite a bit, especially when there are other people taking the training course, so topics can be discussed in person.  I am currently leveraging my notes from the AIIM 2019 workshop right now.

You joined us at AIIM19- how was that for you?  Did you have any takeaways?

My key takeaways from AIIM19:

  • AIIM is an organization that really knows how to organize and execute a conference. It is probably the best one I have been to regarding logistics, execution, and participation
  • Other people in different industries have similar information/record issues and challenges. It was great to get a different perspective on them at the conference!
  • Automation is here to stay. The technology is only going to get better, which is great!

You became a CIP at AIIM19 – how has that affected your career? 

Obtaining a CIP is not just three letters after your name.  It has provided me confidence that I am a certified professional and that I can accomplish things in my current role, which will hopefully lead to more achievements.  It also has given my stakeholders some trust in that I do have the capability and knowledge to consult and work with them on digital appraisal and digital curation activities/inquiries.