Time to Change Your Password!

Isn’t it fun to use different passwords for all of the dozens of accounts you use and just when you think you’ve got them memorized you’re forced to change them every few months? I don’t doubt that there are folks out there who appreciate the mental challenge, but for most of us it’s added to…

Celebrations in October

Texas Archives Month By order of the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, October is officially now Archives Month. In October 2017, Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas’ historical records,…

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…

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…

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Outsourcing: Is it Good for Business?

We sometimes get questions from local governments and state agencies who are looking for vendors to provide records management services like destruction or electronic systems. While TSLAC generally cannot make any recommendations for specific vendors, we can help connect you with further resources which will hopefully help you make better informed decisions when it comes…

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…

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…