2012 Winter/Spring Training Events

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To register for a training event, please click here. Salt Lake City, UT Controlling and Managing Law Enforcement Records, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm February 8, 2012 Providing Public Access to Government Records, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm February 22, 2012 May 23, 2012 Essential Records Protection and Disaster Recovery, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm April 11, 2012 What’s in …

Utah State Archives RIMM 2012 Records Management Conference

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The Utah State Archives is pleased to announce Philip Favro as session speaker for our 2012 RIMM Conference. Mr. Favro is a Discovery Attorney for Symantec Corporation.  During his eleven-year litigation practice, he advised technology companies and other clients regarding complex discovery issues.  Phil’s expertise has been enhanced by his legal scholarship.  His line of research addresses the changes and …

The ten-hour day

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Most government offices in Utah are now open from 8-5 Monday through Friday. Though some state employees have retained an option to work four ten-hour days, staff members at the Archives look back with nostalgia at the three-day weekend. Others think a ten-hour day is way too long. With diminished budgets and staff, government offices are attempting to do more …

Records Management Resolution 2012

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January is typically a month of new beginnings, a time when individuals evaluate the past year and set goals to make improvements in the upcoming year. This year the Utah State Archives wants to challenge records officers to implement a records management resolution to improve one part of each governmental entity’s records management program. This blog post, the first in …

Keeping Everything? Applying General Retention Schedules

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Utah has general retention schedules designed to assist governmental agencies in managing their records. These schedules provide a description of the records, a suggested GRAMA classification (public, private, protected, controlled, or exempt), a length of time that they must be kept (retention), and a final disposition for the records. The disposition of records falls into two categories: 1) destroy the …

Simplifying Access to Government Records

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Simplifying Access to Government Records One duty of a records officer is to provide public access to government records. To help simplify the records request process, records officers and the public should be clear about the records or information requested. Records retention schedules can be used as a tool to accomplish this. Some questions to ask are: Where are the records kept? …

Records Center Move

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The Utah State Archives and Records Service will relocate the State Records Center from the warehouse in West Valley (Decker Lake) to a new State owned facility in Clearfield. This move is scheduled to begin on February 1, 2012 and will take an estimated 4 weeks to complete.   In order to facilitate this move, some services will be temporarily …

SAVE THE DATE! Utah State Archives April 2012 RIMM Conference

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Information professionals have centuries of experience working with records on paper, and have developed effective practices for controlling these records. Yet, we have only a couple of decades of experience actively managing electronic records. As a profession records managers are engaging the unique challenges of this radically new format and are developing approaches to efficiently manage e-records.     In …

Retention Talk – A Few Thoughts about Utah General Schedules.

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When it comes time to schedule records with the Utah State Archives and Records Service there may be some confusion about general retention schedules. What are general schedules? What purpose do they serve? How do I use a general schedule? ARMA International defines a retention schedule as: “A comprehensive list of records series, indicating for each the length of time it is …

Records Management Zombies: Or, the Challenges of a Mindless RM Program

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Records managers can learn from zombies. A general observation about zombie behavior: Zombies wander aimlessly. They lack direction or the ability to plan ahead. Zombies do not exhibit signs of motivation until they see one of the living. If a zombie meets a person they then stumble and charge to get to their next meal, often hurting themselves in the process. Similarly, records management …