David Gracy

Nor Is This All

In late September, we lost an iconic figure in the library and archives field. TSLAC Director Mark Smith shared his thoughts on the Director’s Report blog, but we wanted to add a little more context on how Dr. David Gracy impacted our work in the records management unit. Andrew’s Thoughts: The legacy that Dr. Gracy…

FAQ: Can I destroy a paper original after scanning?

Of all the FAQs we get, this might be the most FAQiest of them all! Both local governments and state agencies want to know if they ‘go paperless’—if they digitize their essential records—can they get rid of the original paper or film copies? Yes! Records management laws and rules applicable to state agencies and local…

A Day in the SLRM Teleworking Life

Since March 17, 2020, the Records Management Assistance team has been primarily working from home to maximize social distancing measures. We all feel very fortunate for the opportunity and resources to do teleworking. We make appearances at the library once a week or so, but otherwise we spend our time answering consulting questions and developing…

FAQ: Are We In Compliance?

If you work for a local government and have interacted with us, there’s a good chance you’ve heard us talk about whether or not you’re “in compliance.” We can make it sound more fun and call it the paperwork polka, the due diligence dance, or the Texas 3-step! But regardless of the level of fun…

Take the TSLAC Web Survey

We know that you must like our blog, The Texas Record, if you are coming here to read our articles, but our agency hosts a wealth of information on our Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) website. Not only the retention schedules and training resources offered by the State and Local Records Management division,…

The SAFE-D Dance

“We can dance, we can dance, everybody’s takin’ the chance.” I’m not sure if there is actually any dancing during the SAFE-D Annual Conference, but I am sure that I’m not the only one who gets the iconic Men Without Hats song stuck in my head when coordinating with this awesome organization. The State Association…

Thank you, Caldwell County

This week my colleague Andrew Glass and I headed out to Lockhart, TX and taught a 2-day class for employees of several Caldwell County offices. We enjoyed being able to provide face-to-face instruction and consulting for the attendees, and based on their competitive round of Jeopardy at the end of day 2, we think they…