If you want to talk Information Management, you should look up Mimi Dionne. A Certified Archivist, Records Manager, Document Imaging Architect, Information Professional and Project Management Professional, Mimi is a lover of all things information. She told us about how she got into the field and the role Miles Davis played in getting her there in this interview.

An Interview with Mimi Dionne

CMSWire: What first brought you to the records and information management industry?

Mimi Dionne: It's a bit like Proust's cookie. I was 8. I had homework to finish. I found an LP in my Dad's record collection -- some guy named Miles Davis. I put the needle on his "Miles Ahead" album and sat down on the floor next to the turntable, parking these humongous headphones over my ears. Notecards taken from a biography of Lady Jane Grey were scattered all over the floor. The first track, "Springsville," began and I perked up. "What is this?!?!" I thought, loving it. I'd never heard such music before. As I began to put the notes in alpha order, I thought to myself, "I want to listen to this music and I want to do THIS, whatever THIS is, for the rest of my life. Maybe I can do this when I grow up!"

CMSWire: What project are you working on now that you'd like the readers to know about?

Mimi: I have something in the works that I'm very proud of. I'm piecing it together a micro-step at a time. If only I had a million dollars, I could share it sooner. :-)

CMSWire: What excites you most about your field today? 

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Mimi: The diversity of it, the multiculturalism of it. There are as many opinions on how to implement a Records and Information Management program as there are people in the industry. I love that.

CMSWire: Was there ever an "aha" moment in your career and if so, what was it? 

Mimi: I wonder -- this will sound strange to say, but I don't think I have "aha" moments, because I spend so much time planning. However, when a young Records Analysis on my team shares an "aha" moment for them, I love that --.selfishly. Because they're thinking critically. 

CMSWire:Is there anything else our readers should know about you?

Mimi: I'm available for speaking engagements -- Webinars are a particular specialty and I love constructive criticism. Seriously. It's so helpful. I'm only as good as yesterday and I can always be better.

Speed Round: 6 things you should know about Mimi

1. Right now I am reading

Several things:

  • "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman,
  • "All the Devils are Here" by McLean and Nocera,
  • "Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1" by Doyle,
  • "The Recollections and Letters of Robert E. Lee" by Himself, and
  • "Before Versailles" by Karleen Koen -- weekend fiction. Ahem.

2. Quote to live by

I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent," That's a good one.

3. The best word ever said 

It is not printable here -- This is a family newspaper. 

4. When not working, I am

Working -- I'm only half-joking!

I do love to cook. I'm fascinated by the conversion of standard recipes into low-sodium/sodium-free equivalents. I've spent alot of time in the past two years trying out recipes. I would love to teach them to an audience someday.

5. Word that should be struck from the dictionary 
Never say the words, "meat patty" to me. Blech, I can hardly believe I wrote them down. Gross-er-oonie.

6. Best song ever sung

"West End Blues" by Louis Armstrong. Perfection!