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…

RIM-brain in Movies and TV

Ah, working from home! A great time to enjoy the creature comforts of our dwellings. But when your workplace is also your leisure space, wires can be crossed and you may develop what I’m calling “RIM-Brain.” A leisure activity like watching movies takes on larger implications as the RIM-Brain takes over. In short, some of…

Teams

Creating Records at Home, Part I: Microsoft Teams

[Edited 7/16/20: This post was updated to include new information about applying retention policies in Teams.] The great Dr. Patricia C. Franks once wrote, “Records and information managers who understand the way work is conducted in their organizations have a better chance of identifying and providing intellectual and/or physical control over the records created.”1 Ever…

RIM Month Fun: Memes

SLRM likes to make a fun post every April to celebrate RIM month. In the past, we’ve done Emoji Retention and RIM Mad Libs. It’s been a difficult RIM Month 2020 – with event cancellations, folks working from home, and everyone figuring out new workflows to serve Texans. We could all use a mirthful chuckle…

FAQ: How does web archiving fit into records management?

Web archiving involves using software to take periodic snapshots to preserve as much data as you need about your organization’s website, including any associated metadata. These snapshots will allow you to track and to document even the slightest changes made to the website. The benefits are that this practice shows your records management program: is…

Andrew’s Favorite Retention Series: Software Programs

In this blog series, TSLAC analysts highlight and extol the virtues of their favorite record series. Across 12 local retention schedules and 152 certified and unique state agency retention schedules, there are a lot of series to choose from for your favorite. My favorite holds an incredibly special place in my heart, for this series…

e-Records 2019: Slay the Public Records Request Dragons

How can your organization improve the way in handles public records requests to avoid lawsuits? How well do you keep up to date with legislative changes that affect your organization’s records management and public records request program? One of several information sessions that were given during the e-Records 2019 Conference on November 15, 2019 was…