e-Records Conference 2017: Save the date!

e-Records Conference – Austin, TX Friday, November 17, 2017 The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) are pleased to announce plans for this year’s e-Records Conference. The two agencies have co-sponsored the conference since 2000. The event promotes improved electronic records management in Texas government by…

Is MP3 Really Dead?

Many news articles in the past week have reported dramatic variants of “MP3 is Dead!”, so we wanted to publish a short post about the topic since it relates to file formats and providing access to e-records. I came across a blog article by a web developer and realized there was more to the story…

Quick Tips on Disposal of Electronic Records

We know how to dispose of paper records. You can either destroy the records by burning or shredding them. Although these methods of destroying records may have been a viable option in the past, these same methods might not be enough to remove all traces of data from records being stored electronically. Before destroying an electronic…

Free Shred Day – Austin Area

The time has come to declutter your home and save space while protecting your information. Best of all, it’s FREE! Did you know, at most, you only need to hold onto past tax returns documents for 7 years after initial filing? If you have confidential paper documents, or even just boxes and boxes of non-confidential information,…

A Day in the SLRM Life

Welcome to a new series that we (myself in particular) hope to continue throughout the year in between more serious posts about hot topics like records management policies for e-records and security breaches. A glimpse into a day in the life of a State and Local Records Management (SLRM) team member. It has probably crossed…

TSLAC’s Turn

State agencies in Texas are required to undergo an agency wide assessment and review every 12 years. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s turn is in 2019. To prepare for the review TSLAC will conduct a self assessment this year. Part of this process is to get feedback from our stakeholders and constituents. If…

What needs to be addressed in an E-Records Management Policy

Recently, many questions have been raised about how to establish a electronic records (e-records) management policy. One of the main questions we’ve received is what is covered within an e-records management policy. An e-records management policy enhances the organization’s policy on information management and storage.  A well-crafted policy should address the following: Specify which e-records…