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The Relationships Between Data, Information, and Records

by Erica Rice Data. Information. Record. These terms are thrown around a lot in the information management world, and they are often used interchangeably. However, each of these terms has a distinct definition and purpose in the practice of records management. Let’s look at the definitions of each of these—and how they are related—to make…

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What is a Subject File?

by Erica Rice If you are a close reader of the local or state retention schedules, you may have seen the term “subject file” appear in the descriptions of some of your favorite records series. Subject files are defined in the local schedules as “collections of correspondence, memos and printed materials on various individuals, activities,…

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Introducing One Page Quick Reference Guides

The records management assistance unit has launched a Records Management Guidance Library, consisting of one page quick guides on hot topics and frequently asked questions. The first three topics covered in this newly launched training library are: Social Media Records Email Records Imaging & Scanning New guides will be published based on popular demand. If…

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Archives Month: Web Archive (WARC) File Format

by Erica Rice It’s October, which means that it is once again time to celebrate American Archives Month! Throughout this month, the records management assistance unit will be taking a closer look into multidisciplinary issues that require input from both records managers and archivists—collaboration between these two professions is the key to solving many RIM-related…

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Information Governance and the Records Lifecycle

by Erica Rice When we talk about records management on this blog, we often use the “R.I.M.” or “RIM” acronym as a shorthand way to refer to the “records and information management” field. Records management (RM) is no longer a siloed discipline; RIM practitioners need to manage records within the entire information landscape of their…

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Copyright Records

by Erica Rice How long should you keep records documenting the copyright of an original work of authorship? Records documenting the copyright status of original works are administratively valuable when it comes to crafting licensing agreements, drafting acceptable use notices, responding to infringement lawsuits, etc. For Texas state universities, the answer is simple: follow the…

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New Look for State Agency Schedule Amendments

by Erica Rice State agency schedule amendments have a new look! The final-approved PDF copies of state agency schedules have a new streamlined format. These format changes were made to improve the readability and usability of state agency schedules. What’s required of you? Nothing! Procedures for submitting an amendment have not changed. All final publishing…

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Creating Records at Home, Part II: Zoom

by Erica Rice Continuing our series on “Creating Records at Home” (Part I covered Microsoft Teams), let’s talk about what to do with records created in videoconferencing platforms like Zoom. Many readers may be getting questions from their staff about what to do with their Zoom recordings and chat logs. Are they records, and if…