Off the Record: Digitization & Legacy Paper Records

Tune in monthly for a curated collection of articles we found interesting on a broad range of topics; some which are directly related to records management and others which might share common themes. This month we are focusing on digitization and imaging projects… No, we didn’t write these articles —hence the name of this series,…

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…

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…

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…