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File Plans: What Are They and How Can You Use Them?

In the records and information management (RIM) field, a file plan is a tool you can use to keep track of what and where records live in your organization for their entire lifecycle, from creation or receipt to disposition. Think of it as a roadmap that marks important landmarks regarding a record: where and in…

Recipe for Success – Alias: Recertification

When facing the task of recertifying or amending a state agency or public university records retention schedule, whether it is annually, biennially, or most often, quinquennially, there are different metaphors Your Helpful Government Information Analyst may use to think about how the assignment can be approached. Some of the metaphors an analyst might consider are…

Five Things That Break a Records Analyst’s Heart

Last year, for Valentine’s Day, two analysts in the Records Management Assistance Unit wrote an article titled: 10 Things We Love About Records Management. We wanted to acknowledge ten things that made our hearts flutter as analysts. This year, however, in honor of all the broken hearts this Valentine’s Day, let’s discuss five things that…

SLRM Customer Service Survey

As a valued customer who works for a Texas state agency, local government, or institution of higher education, we invite you to evaluate our services in this biennial customer service survey. The survey asks you to rate and submit suggestions and comments about the State and Local Records Management division generally and provides opportunities to…

SACCRIM Education Pamphlet on Navigating Change

Program Planning and Research Specialist Joshua Clark spoke with Veronica Barnes of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) about the educational pamphlet of the State Agency Coordinating Committee Records and Information Management (SACCRIM) subcommittee. Check out the previous educational pamphlets here. This interview was conducted by email between April and May 2023 and has…