e-Records 2017 – “Information Governance: Take Control and Succeed” Conference Recap

The 2017 e-Records conference delivered on all fronts hosting a variety of vendors, local government and state agency representatives and, of course, plenty of staff from the two hosting state agencies: Department of Information Resources (DIR) and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). After a word from each of the hosting agencies executive directors,…

SLRM Customer Service Survey

As a valued customer who works for a state agency or local government, you are invited to rate our services in this biennial customer service survey. This survey covers Records Management Assistance (consulting, training, and publications), records storage, and imaging for state agencies and local governments. Additionally for state agencies, it covers in-depth questions for the…

Time to Change Your Password!

Isn’t it fun to use different passwords for all of the dozens of accounts you use and just when you think you’ve got them memorized you’re forced to change them every few months? I don’t doubt that there are folks out there who appreciate the mental challenge, but for most of us it’s added to…

Buckets

To Bucket or Not to Bucket…?

There is a term in records management circles you might have heard of called “big buckets.” Have you ever stopped and thought, “What is this? Should I be doing this? Am I missing out on something?” (Coincidentally, there’s the pop culture acronym F.O.M.O. which stands for “fear of missing out” that comes to mind. Google…

Celebrations in October

Texas Archives Month By order of the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, October is officially now Archives Month. In October 2017, Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas’ historical records,…

Text message invitation to happy hour.

FAQ: Are text messages records? (redux)

It’s been almost 6 years since we addressed this question originally. In that time, the popularity of text messaging (“texting”) has skyrocketed while awareness that text messages (“texts”) are potentially government records has increased very little. Here we go again! The definition of a government record in Texas is media neutral. A record is defined…