History of the State Records Center

The history of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission began in the 1830s when Texas was still a Republic. In 1909, the Texas Library and Historical Commission was created to direct the State Library, aid and encourage public libraries, and collect materials related to Texas history. In 1947, the Texas Legislature established a program…

FAQ Redux: How long do I keep email?

A long time ago (relative to our blog’s history), we published the first of many frequently-asked-question articles about retention of email. The answer we give today when people ask how long to keep email is still the same (“it depends!”), but we have since published many more articles dissecting the topic. Today, we’ve compiled a…

e-Records Conference: Price Increase on October 26!

Reminder to register now and save $25 on your registration fee! Early registration fee is $65. After October 26, price will increase to $90, if space is still available. Register for this year’s conference here. Be sure to visit the conference website to read more about the exciting lineup and this year’s exhibitors. About e-Records 2018…

1010: Electronic Records Day 2018

Happy 1010! Today we celebrate Electronic Records Day, which raises awareness about the crucial need to manage and preserve government electronic records. CoSA State Electronic Records Initiative’s Advocacy and Outreach Subcommittee has developed several informational resources available on their website: https://www.statearchivists.org/programs/state-electronic-records-initiative/electronic-records-day/electronic-records-day-promotional-materials/. We like to raise awareness of the challenges of managing eRecords throughout the year,…

Interview with Mark Myers on the TDA pt. 2

This is the second in a two-part series exploring the Texas Digital Archive (TDA) with Electronic Records Specialist Mark Myers of the Archives and Information Services (ARIS) division at TSLAC. Mark is responsible for ingesting electronic records into the TDA. Part one can be viewed here. 1. What happens to records once they are received…

e-Records Conference 2018: Registration Open!

e-Records 2018 – Friday, November 16, 2018 Registration is open to state agency and local government staff for the 2018 e-Records Conference. Visit the conference website to REGISTER and to read more about the exciting lineup and exhibitors. Be sure to register as soon as possible. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues. Seats filled…

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FAQ: How long do we keep expunction orders?

Picture this: you’ve gathered up all the records subject to an expunction order and you’re ready to return, destroy or redact them as directed by the court. Then you look at the expunction order. It identifies the person in the order and it’s a government record. What do you do with it? Based on how…