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Interview with an Archivist: City of Dallas

Each April, we like to celebrate Records and Information Management (RIM) Month. To kick it off this year, we are featuring an interview with John H. Slate, City Archivist for Dallas, Texas. As he is an Austin native and an active participant in the conference circles that we also attend, we felt a kind of…

Welcome (Back), Bri!

Back in late 2019, we had to say goodbye to an analyst on our team, but for a good reason—she moved to England! It was a bittersweet departure because she was a good fit with the team and had a growing interest in the field of records and information management. Now we don’t normally announce…

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New Policy Template for Local Governments

WHEREUNTO, the policy models of yore have duly met the minimum retention period for administrative value. HEREBY, the Records Management Assistance unit has produced an updated policy template for non-elected local governments to use! For most of the last decade TSLAC offered 4 different policy models for any local government to use to satisfy the…

historical map of Travis County

Interview with an Archivist: Travis Co.

As part of our ongoing celebration of Archives Month, we reached out to the Travis County Archives for a chat with Christy Costlow, CA about topics inspired by questions we’ve received over the years from local governments dealing with ongoing digital preservation efforts. TSLAC: Christy, tell us about your ongoing digitization project that was a…

FAQ: Can I destroy a paper original after scanning?

Of all the FAQs we get, this might be the most FAQiest of them all! Both local governments and state agencies want to know if they ‘go paperless’—if they digitize their essential records—can they get rid of the original paper or film copies? Yes! Records management laws and rules applicable to state agencies and local…

FAQ: Are We In Compliance?

Updated: November 13, 2020 If you work for a local government and have interacted with us, there’s a good chance you’ve heard us talk about whether or not you’re “in compliance.” We can make it sound more fun and call it the paperwork polka, the due diligence dance, or the Texas 3-step! But regardless of…

Take the TSLAC Web Survey

We know that you must like our blog, The Texas Record, if you are coming here to read our articles, but our agency hosts a wealth of information on our Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) website. Not only the retention schedules and training resources offered by the State and Local Records Management division,…

The SAFE-D Dance

“We can dance, we can dance, everybody’s takin’ the chance.” I’m not sure if there is actually any dancing during the SAFE-D Annual Conference, but I am sure that I’m not the only one who gets the iconic Men Without Hats song stuck in my head when coordinating with this awesome organization. The State Association…