Thank you, City of Brownsville!

Megan Carey and I had the opportunity to visit Brownsville, Texas last week to provide training to city employees. The two day workshop included a morning session of Introduction to Records Management and an afternoon session of Managing Electronic Records for both days. While we were in South Texas, Megan and I enjoyed real authentic…

Interview With Mark Myers on the Texas Digital Archive

This is the first in a two-part series exploring the Texas Digital Archive (TDA) with Electronic Records Specialist Mark Myers of the Archives and Information Services (ARIS) division at TSLAC. Mark is responsible for ingesting electronic records into the TDA. It’s interesting to ponder that just a few years ago TSLAC had no way of…

Benefits and Limitations of Auto Classification in Records Management

As more organizations move from paper to electronic records, records management professionals face more complex challenges in managing these records. In their effort to maintain seamless records management processes within their organization, records managers expressed interest in products that specifically automate key records processes and controls. Records management professionals must ensure that the introduction of…

The Meaning of “Historical Value” on Local Government Schedules

If you’ve spent any amount of time perusing the local government retention schedules on our website—it is fair to assume this is the case if you’re reading this post in the first place—then you may have noticed in the Remarks section of certain record series a warning to “review before disposal…for historical reasons”. Have you…

e-Records Conference 2018: Call for Presentations

The annual e-Records Conference will be held Friday, November 16, 2018. This event promotes improved electronic records management in Texas government by bringing together staff responsible for and interested in records management and information technology. Texas technology managers and records managers are working together in new and exciting ways. From governance initiatives to cloud, here…

Conversation with TSLAC Archivist About Meeting Minutes

Minutes are produced by every local government and state agency in Texas. They are afforded the most enduring retention period of PERMANENT for both Local Governments and State Agencies. In the Records Retention Schedule (RRS) for state agencies, minutes are given the distinct honor of being the only series on the schedule that requires both…