Local Government Records Management Training

The Records Management Assistance Unit provides foundational records management training to local government employees and elected officials. Face-to-face and online sessions are designed to assist agency heads, elected officials, records management officers and other staff establish and administer efficient records management programs.

Below is a list of the training courses available. All of the following courses are eligible for the Local Government Archives and Records Administration (LGARA) Certificate through NAGARA; click here for more information about that program.

Records Management Overview

Title
Hours
Availability
Introduction to Records Management for Local Governments (applicable to this competency: Part 1, "Overview and Compliance") 1.5 Workshop (See Class Schedule)
Introduction to Records Management for Local Governments (applicable to this competency: Topics 1, "Introduction" and 2, "Compliance") 1.5 Self-paced Online Course
Local Government Compliance 101 1.0 Webinar
Establishing Your Records Management Dream Team 1.0 Webinar

Records Retention and Disposition

Title
Hours
Availability
Records Retention 101 for Local Governments 1.0 Webinar
Conducting a Records Inventory 1.0 Webinar
Introduction to Records Management for Local Governments (applicable to this competency: Part 2, "Administering an Active and Continuing Program") 1.5 Workshop (See Class Schedule)
Introduction to Records Management for Local Governments (applicable to this competency: Topic 3, "Administering an Active and Continuing Program") 1.5 Self-paced Online Course
Disposition of Local Government Records 1.0 Webinar

Electronic Records Management

Title
Hours
Availability
Managing Electronic Records for Local Governments 3.0 Workshop (See Class Schedule)
Managing Electronic Records for Local Governments 3.0 Self-paced Online Course
Email Management Part 1 1.0 Webinar
Email Management Part 2 1.0 Webinar
Planning an Imaging Project, Part 1 (What, When, and Why) 1.0 Webinar
Planning an Imaging Project, Part 2 (Who and How) 1.0 Webinar
Shared Drive Cleanup 1.0 Webinar
Preserving Electronic Records, Part 1 (Introduction) 1.5 Webinar
Preserving Electronic Records, Part 2 (Managing Digital Content) 1.5 Webinar
Managing Social Media Records 1.0 Webinar
eDiscovery for Records Managers 1.0 Webinar
Automating Records Management with EDRMS 1.0 Webinar
Using Microfilm to Preserve Electronic Records 1.0 Webinar

Storage and Environment Basics

Title
Hours
Availability
Protection and Storage of Permanent Paper Records 1.0 Webinar
Components of Efficient Storage Facilities 1.0 Webinar
Archival Records Basics 3.0 Self-paced Online Course
Archival Records Basics 1.5-3.0 Workshop by request

Emergency Preparedness: Disaster Planning and Response, Vital Records, and Business Continuity

Title
Hours
Availability
Emergency Preparedness for Government Records 3.0 Workshop (See Class Schedule)
Emergency Preparedness for Government Records 3.0 Self-paced Online Course
Disaster Planning: Make a Plan with dPlan 1.0 Webinar
Disaster Planning: Panel Discussion 1.0 Webinar
Disaster Recovery and Salvage for Paper-based Records 1.0 Webinar

Files and Forms Management

Title
Hours
Availability
Forms Management 2.0 Self-paced Online Course
Improving Filing Systems 2.0 Self-paced Online Course
 

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.

NAGARA Certificate Program

The National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), a national professional organization for government records managers at the local, state, and federal level, is a leading resource for professional development in the government records and information management field.

In 2008, NAGARA introduced the Local Government Archives and Records Administration (LGARA) Certificate for local government records managers and archivists. The certificate program was created "to recognize local government officials’ achievements in obtaining a base of knowledge which may help them more effectively care for and manage their local government records." The program requires 40 hours of study, with 5 years allowed to meet that requirement. The application fee is $10.

Those interested in the LGARA certificate must take coursework in 8 of 11 core competency areas. The training classes we offer at TSLAC are entirely eligible to be applied toward this certificate. Below is a list of the LGARA core competencies and the TSLAC coursework that would be eligible toward meeting these competencies.

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