e-Records 2018: Tackle Tough E-Records Challenges

Another e-Records Conference is in the books! We more than met expectations this year with over 350 people in attendance representing about 60 state agencies, 61 local government entities, and 22 vendors. We also had 23 speakers providing 12 educational sessions (the most sessions ever!) focused on this year’s theme of tackling tough e-records challenges…

FAQ Redux: How long do I keep email?

A long time ago (relative to our blog’s history), we published the first of many frequently-asked-question articles about retention of email. The answer we give today when people ask how long to keep email is still the same (“it depends!”), but we have since published many more articles dissecting the topic. Today, we’ve compiled a…

FAQ: Is Metadata a Part of an Electronic Record or Not?

Recently, we have received many questions about metadata. Most of the inquiries about metadata revolve around two questions – What is metadata and why is it important. The purpose of this article is to discuss whether metadata is part of an electronic record and if so why. So, what is metadata? Metadata is the information…

e-Records Conference: Price Increase on October 26!

Reminder to register now and save $25 on your registration fee! Early registration fee is $65. After October 26, price will increase to $90, if space is still available. Register for this year’s conference here. Be sure to visit the conference website to read more about the exciting lineup and this year’s exhibitors. About e-Records 2018…

1010: Electronic Records Day 2018

Happy 1010! Today we celebrate Electronic Records Day, which raises awareness about the crucial need to manage and preserve government electronic records. CoSA State Electronic Records Initiative’s Advocacy and Outreach Subcommittee has developed several informational resources available on their website: https://www.statearchivists.org/programs/state-electronic-records-initiative/electronic-records-day/electronic-records-day-promotional-materials/. We like to raise awareness of the challenges of managing eRecords throughout the year,…

Change in Law Affecting Retention of Precinct Election Records

Some of you may remember when we published this article, informing local government records management officers of a change to Election Code establishing a 6-month retention period for precinct election records not involving a federal office, while those involving federal offices retained a 22-month retention period. However, S.B. 5, passed during the 85th Legislature, repealed…

e-Records Conference 2018: Registration Open!

e-Records 2018 – Friday, November 16, 2018 Registration is open to state agency and local government staff for the 2018 e-Records Conference. Visit the conference website to REGISTER and to read more about the exciting lineup and exhibitors. Be sure to register as soon as possible. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues. Seats filled…

Thank you, City of Brownsville!

Megan Carey and I had the opportunity to visit Brownsville, Texas last week to provide training to city employees. The two day workshop included a morning session of Introduction to Records Management and an afternoon session of Managing Electronic Records for both days. While we were in South Texas, Megan and I enjoyed real authentic…