Quick Tips on Disposal of Electronic Records

We know how to dispose of paper records. You can either destroy the records by burning or shredding them. Although these methods of destroying records may have been a viable option in the past, these same methods might not be enough to remove all traces of data from records being stored electronically. Before destroying an electronic…

TSLAC’s Turn

State agencies in Texas are required to undergo an agency wide assessment and review every 12 years. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s turn is in 2019. To prepare for the review TSLAC will conduct a self assessment this year. Part of this process is to get feedback from our stakeholders and constituents. If…

What needs to be addressed in an E-Records Management Policy

Recently, many questions have been raised about how to establish a electronic records (e-records) management policy. One of the main questions we’ve received is what is covered within an e-records management policy. An e-records management policy enhances the organization’s policy on information management and storage.  A well-crafted policy should address the following: Specify which e-records…

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FAQ: How Do I Calculate Fiscal Year?

Establishing a fiscal year is imperative to the disposal of certain records i.e. financial records. The fiscal year may vary between government offices and state agencies.  In building this tool, I used the months of August and September as planning factors in order to align the tools with the fiscal year end of state agencies and local…

Happy Valentine’s Day from Denton County!

Recently, I got an unexpected, delightful email from Denton County.  I’m used to getting emails asking me records questions, advertising relevant webinars and events, and reminders from my bosses, but I had never, ever, EVER gotten a valentine, much less a RECORDS MANAGEMENT THEMED valentine!  Look at how adorable these are! I took the opportunity…

TSLAC Exhibit at the Capitol

This week an exhibit showcasing the services of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is featured in the basement rotunda at the Capitol building. Our SLRM division services are outlined in this new one-minute video produced by our agency: Each division has a banner featuring the services offered by our agency, and we have…