To Microfilm, or Not to Microfilm

Despite the acceleration of new technologies over the last couple of decades, if you ask archivists or records managers about best practices of long term preservation of records, they’ll still say microfilm is a solid choice. Much like paper (which has a life expectancy of thousands of years), microfilm can be stored for hundreds of…

Greatest Hits Webinar: The 5 W’s of Planning an Imaging Project

Planning a successful imaging project requires careful decision-making. A planning misstep could lead to high costs, wasted time and effort, poor quality, or even trouble in court. This two-part webinar series will cover the “5 W’s” of digital imaging*. In Part 1, we will discuss the “what, when, and why” of imaging – what digital…

TSLAC and CCG Announce Updated Digital Imaging Contract

Digital Imaging Services (#920-C1) The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Council on Competitive Government (CCG) are pleased to announce a new, updated Digital Imaging Services contract that gives state agencies, local governments, and local co-ops the ability to convert paper documents to electronic files as well as to host and manage…

FAQ: Can a state agency destroy a paper original after scanning?

By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst Our last Featured Question addressed the question of source document destruction for local governments. (Available here.) Here, we adapt the response for state agencies. Ask any analyst in the Records Management Assistance unit what their #1 most frequently asked question is, and I guarantee the answer (well, besides “How…

FAQ: Can a local government destroy a paper original after scanning?

By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst If you’re a state agency looking for guidance, here’s the state agency version. Frankly, I don’t know how we haven’t written about this before. Ask any analyst in the Records Management Assistance unit what their #1 most frequently asked question is, and I guarantee the answer (well, besides “How…

Updated Webinar: Tips for a Successful Imaging Project

We are offering an updated version of our imaging webinar, Tips for a Successful Imaging Project. The webinar, intended for state agency and local government employees, will provide guidance on how to execute an imaging project. As the movement towards creating “paperless offices” continues to pick up speed, it is essential that governments are aware of the imaging…