Resource Recap

In this new year, we want to remind everyone of the resources the Records Management Assistance Unit has for local governments and state agencies. Trainings In person training is back and ready to go! Some examples of our training includes Records Management Basics for both State Agencies and Local Governments, tips and tricks for disposition,…

e-Records 2022 – Discovering the Path Forward

Much to the excitement of its co-hosts, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC, and the Department of Information Resources (DIR), the e-Records Conference returned to live and in-person attendance on November 18, 2022, for the first time since 2019. That doesn’t mean the conference was exactly the same as it’s always been. One…

How I Review a Recertification

The recertification process can be long and detailed—for the agency and for the analyst completing the review. One of the questions that we get during the process is, “How long does it take, and how does it work on TSLAC’s end?” This article explores how one Government Information Analyst approaches a schedule review. If you…

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How Long is “AV”?

For the most part, the minimum retention periods set out in TSLAC’s schedules provide a specific amount of time that records must be kept. However, some record series have the retention period “AV: as long as administratively valuable.” How long should governments keep those types of records? Well, each government will need to make that…

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Now Available! SACCRIM Education Pamphlets on Email Management and RIM Training Priorities

Program Planning and Research Specialist Joshua Clark spoke with Michael Shea of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) about a recent project of the State Agency Coordinating Committee Records and Information Management (SACCRIM) subcommittee. Michael Shea was the State Records Center Manager for seven years before joining TWC in 2019 as the Records Management Officer. He…

How to Amend a State Agency Retention Schedule

By Michelle Johnson Sometimes as a state agency records management officer (RMO), you may find that your certified state agency records retention schedule needs to be updated before the next recertification is due. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has a process for this called a schedule amendment. It is similar to the…

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RIM Styles: Take the Quiz to Find Yours

By Michelle Johnson As public servants, records and information management (RIM) is a simple fact of life—statute applies to us all. However, regulation does not imply homogeneity, and RIM programs are as unique as the entities that create them. April is RIM month, and we at TSLAC want to take a moment to celebrate all…