Interview with Mark Myers on the TDA pt. 2

This is the second 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. Part one can be viewed here. 1. What happens to records once they are received…

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…

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…

Celebrations in October

Texas Archives Month By order of the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, October is officially now Archives Month. In October 2017, Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas’ historical records,…

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…