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FAQ: Are text messages records? (redux)

It’s been almost 6 years since we addressed this question originally. In that time, the popularity of text messaging (“texting”) has skyrocketed while awareness that text messages (“texts”) are potentially government records has increased very little. Here we go again! The definition of a government record in Texas is media neutral. A record is defined…

Updates to Juvenile Records Laws

Last year, we were invited to participate in the Juvenile Records Advisory Committee (JRAC), a group composed of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, court staff, probation officials, and others who are experts in the field of law, especially focused on juveniles in the court system. Our goal was to rewrite Chapter 58 of Texas Family Code,…

e-Records Conference 2017 – Register Now!

@TSLAC @TexasDIR Registration is now open for the 2017 e-Records Conference. Be sure to visit the conference website to REGISTER and to read more about the exciting lineup and exhibitors. We know budgets are tight. So, we have lowered the price! Get a full day of training and networking for only $50. Seating is limited…

Bracing for Recovery

We are cross-posting an important entry from Texas State Librarian Mark Smith’s blog. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in cooperation with the Texas Library Association, has been working to identify disaster recovery resources and options for use by libraries in the Houston and gulf coast area. First, it is important to be aware…

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…