Bracing for Recovery

We are cross-posting an important entry from Texas State Librarian Mark Smith’s blog. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in cooperation with the Texas Library Association, has been working to identify disaster recovery resources and options for use by libraries in the Houston and gulf coast area. First, it is important to be aware…

TSLAC & TLA Joint Statement on Hurricane Harvey

An important element of managing government records is planning for and recovering from natural disasters. In our consulting and training courses we advise securing the safety of personnel first and foremost, and then sorting out any damage to vital records in your office. While we are still waiting for the storm to disappear, recovery efforts…

State Records Center Update – Achievements Unlocked

Howdy Blog Readers! It’s time for an SRC update, whether you want one or not. (OH, YOU WANT ONE) I am decidedly NOT a math guy, though I have to admit that my penchant for numbers has evolved in my position here.  One tool that has been fantastic for my use is our inventory system,…

Proposed Revisions to Local Schedule SD: We Want Your Feedback!

As part of our effort to maintain up-to-date local government records retention schedules, we are currently working to update Local Schedule SD: Records of Public School Districts. We will be presenting a draft to our Commission at a meeting later this year to begin the Local Schedule approval process, but before we begin the official…

A Day in the SLRM Life: Megan Carey

Hello, you haven’t heard from me in awhile. The suspiciously quiet analyst who sits in the first cube that everyone has to walk by any time they leave or enter the SLRM cubicles. I’m sure that my co-workers wonder about my ways; the habits and curious processes that allow me to complete my work. A…

FAQ: Questions to Consider Before Asking for a New Series

We were recently asked by a state agency records manager for some questions that they could pass along to other agency staff (including non-records specialists) to arm them with important considerations to make before they request a new record series. You may or may not know that part of our job as analysts is to…

NAGARA 2017 Recap and Vlog

Admittedly, I wasn’t initially excited about attending the annual National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) conference in Boise, ID. That’s partially because attending conferences requires a lot of energy, and I had only been to one NAGARA conference before which was in my own backyard here in Austin. The destination for this…