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…

e-Records Conference 2015: Introducing the Texas Digital Archive

This is the first post of a multi-part recap of the 2015 e-Records Conference. Presentation materials from the e-Records Conference are available on the e-Records 2015 website. The Beginning The Texas Digital Archive (TDA) has been a topic of interest for years, but it wasn’t until this past year that the project picked up traction and resulted…

e-Records Conference 2014: Texas Digital Archive update

This is the sixth and final post of a multi-part recap of the 2014 e-Records Conference. Presentation materials from the e-Records Conference are available on the e-Records 2014 website. By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst I don’t think I’m the only one who looked forward to Mark Myers’ presentation with great anticipation. Mark is TSLAC’s…

The Archives of the People: Using Local Government Records

By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst I’ve had the following conversation a few times over the years: CALLER: Hi, I’m calling to see if we can do something about all these boxes that my office has never destroyed. Some of them go back to the ‘80s. ME: Okay, sure.  What’s in the boxes? CALLER: Like…

Presenting Records Management to Archivists (using The Force)

By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst Last month, I had the huge pleasure of traveling to New Orleans, LA to present a session at the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) annual conference. The Society is the regional archives association for 6 member states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The theme of the…

Georgia Archives, on Our Minds

Originally posted on September 18 on TSLAC’s Library Developments blog by Christina Manz. As the American Archives Month of October draws near, the state archives of one of our country’s original colonies is making news. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued a somber press release last Thursday regarding the reduction of public access, and archives staff, due to budget cuts.…

Digital newspaper archive delivered to Carrizo Springs

By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst TSLAC’s Gilberto Herrera and Andy Puente recently returned from delivering the archive of the Carrizo Springs Javelin to their offices in Carrizo Springs, Texas, a town 117 miles southwest of San Antonio and roughly 45 miles from the Texas-Mexico border.  The Javelin employed TSLAC’s Imaging Services department to create…

New webinar for state agencies: “Understanding the Texas State Archives”

The Texas State Archives preserves and documents the heritage and culture of Texas by identifying, collecting, and making available for research the permanently valuable official records of Texas government. State agencies play an important role in ensuring that these records are transferred to the Texas State Archives once they’ve met their retention periods.  But what is…