Customizing Your Local Government Retention Schedule

Post for state agencies coming soon. Local governments are afforded a lot of leeway when adopting TSLAC’s Local Government Schedules. It may seem daunting at first to familiarize yourself with, and meet the mandatory minimums, of 100 or even 1000 record series, but it doesn’t have to be. Customization is still king Before September 1,…

RIM Month Fun: Memes

SLRM likes to make a fun post every April to celebrate RIM month. In the past, we’ve done Emoji Retention and RIM Mad Libs. It’s been a difficult RIM Month 2020 – with event cancellations, folks working from home, and everyone figuring out new workflows to serve Texans. We could all use a mirthful chuckle…

Andrew’s Favorite Retention Series: Software Programs

In this blog series, TSLAC analysts highlight and extol the virtues of their favorite record series. Across 12 local retention schedules and 152 certified and unique state agency retention schedules, there are a lot of series to choose from for your favorite. My favorite holds an incredibly special place in my heart, for this series…

Thank You, El Paso CAD

Last week three TSLAC Government Information Analysts were given the opportunity to travel as far from Austin as you possibly can without leaving the state of Texas. We visited the El Paso Central Appraisal District to conduct two days of records management training. What fun! El Paso is a beautiful place filled with big-hearted people.…

Tools TSLAC Uses To Access and Make Available Older Formats

If you’ve ever taken our Managing Electronic Records class or perused our electronic records webinars, you’re aware that a major responsibility for storing records electronically is providing continuous access to those records throughout their life cycle. In our courses, we offer several strategies for providing continuous access, one of which involves holding onto older hardware…

De-Duplicating Software: An Introduction

One of the most useful tools in managing electronic records is de-duplication software. Is it right for your government? In short, de-duplication software can be used to analyze electronic records to determine if there are duplicates in a drive or folder. There are countless versions of this class of software available online. Some will charge,…

Shared Drive Cleanup Success Story

This is a guest post by Reference Librarian Mackenzie Ryan from TSLAC’s ARIS division. As part of a wider effort to reorganize and manage the Archives and Information Services (ARIS) division’s shared drive, a committee was formed, and department representatives were assigned to create and implement plans to reorganize and clean up their department’s shared…