External Resources and Training Opportunities for Records Managers

Many professional organizations offer free educational webinars, podcasts, and other training opportunities to help users stay up-to-date on current archives and records management topics.

Records and Information Management

  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Although NARA primarily serves federal entities, the general management concepts are applicable to all levels of government.
  • MER Conference (National Conference on Managing Electronic Records). Through formal sessions, associated networking events, and exhibitors, MER seeks to provide attendees with innovative and practical solutions to managing electronic records.
  • DIR logoTexas Department of Information Resources (DIR) - the TX Legislature mandates that each state agency designate an Information Resource Manager (IRM) to ensure that the agency remains in compliance with information resources regulations and policies. Learn more about standards and practices, roles and responsibilities, continuing education requirements, and other useful resources.

Disaster Planning and Recovery

Archives and Repositories

  • Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. Check out the SAA Online Learning Portal which includes live webcasts, online courses, and on-demand catalogs. The orgainzation also offers the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program, designed to provide you with the information and tools you need to manage the demands of born-digital records.
  • Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) serves archivists, special collections librarians, preservationists, conservators, records managers, and others interested in the preservation of our documentary heritage. Their Professional Development Opportunities page hosts announcements of conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities.
  • American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is the professional association for history-doers. The organization offers free online learning resources - webinars, publication samples and leaflets - on topics related to American state and local history.
  • Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care) is continually evaluating resources that will be of use to smaller cultural institutions to help you readily find information on all aspects of the care and management of your collections. Their resources include webinars, blogs and articles, bibliographies and glossaries.
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers many free resources and services that help support the preservation efforts of cultural heritage institutions as well as private and family collectors. Some of their resources include free disaster plan templates, digital preservation guidance and free preservation advice for local government entities.

Public Information Act (Open Records)/ Open Meetings Act

For training on the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act, refer to the Office of the Attorney General's Open Government Training.


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