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Social Media Policies and Procedures

Creating policies for social media records is vital to successfully managing those records and notifying the public of the areas that impact their use of agency social media tools.We’ve previously discussed the benefits and challenges of using social media, identification and retention of social media, and we outlined some methods of capturing these records. So…

Capturing Social Media Records

Once you tackle determining whether social media content are records, the job is not quite done; capturing social media records is an extremely important aspect to successfully managing the records. Social media capture helps guarantee your government body has access to the records for review, use and, ultimately, destruction at the end of its retention…

Social Media: Benefits and Challenges

Last year, a Confederate Muster Roll from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission reached an audience of 175. Normally, historical artifacts like this list of officers and soldiers are viewed by researchers or visitors to the library, who often do so individually. Through the power of Instagram, TSLAC is able to extend its holdings…

FAQ: When is Social Media a Record?

If the question is, “Can Social Media Content be a record?” then the answer is “Yes, it can be.” This is supported by the definition of a government record as defined in the Local Government Records Act (LGRA) and in the Government Code Chapter 441 for State Agencies; records can exist in a variety of…

FAQ: What’s the Deal with Social Media?

Social media is a hot topic. This much is apparent based on the questions analysts receive during state and local government consulting. Answering these types of questions are always challenging because social media is a relatively new invention that continues to grow in use and impact. It’s an even newer service for governments who, with…