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…

DIR Releases Expanded Social Media Guidance

If your office is using social media tools to connect with the public – or even if your office is thinking about or anticipating using social media in the future – then check out the Social Media Resource Guide published by the Department of Information Resources (DIR).  This free online tool kit currently offers in-depth…