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How Often Should Records/Data Be Inventoried?
Selecting Appropriate Shelving for Records Storage
What Should Agencies Include in a Records/Data Inventory?
Analog Audio/Visual Recordings - Recommendations & Best Practices
Appropriate Use of Portable Media (CDs, DVDs, Flash Drives)
Are Emails Public Records?
Are Text Messages Public Records?
Are Voicemails Public Records?
Basics of Managing Voicemail Records
Blogs, Wikis, Facebook, Twitter & Managing Public Records
Capture and Retention of Text Messages
Digital Audio/Visual - Recommendations & Best Practices
Factors Affecting the Cost of Digitizing Paper Records
Hard Drives and Multipurpose Copiers/Scanners
How Long Do Backups Need to Be Kept?
How Long Do Database Records Need to be Kept?
How Long Do Emails Need to be Kept?
How Long Do Text Messages Need to be Kept?
How Long Do Voicemails Need to be Kept?
Keep Electronic Records in Electronic Format
Keep the Last Email or All Emails in the Thread?
Managing Public Records Created or Received as Text Messages
Strategies for Managing Voicemail Retention
Text Messages and Public Records - The Basics
Websites are Public Records
What Happened to the EIS/DAD Approval Process?
What to do with Archival Paper Records after Imaging
Collection Development Policy
Digital Archives Policies
Policy Statement on Archival Appraisal
Essential Records and Disaster Preparedness Manual
Appendix A - Preparedness Templates
Appendix B - Risk Assessment Templates
Appendix C - Records Disater Response and Recovery Procedures and Treatments
Appendix D - Recovery Supplies and Services Templates and Information
Appendix E - Media Types and Methods of Recovery
Joint Office of the CIO/State Archives Records and Cloud Storage Guidelines
Requirements for the Destruction of Non-Archival Paper Records after Imaging ("Scanning and Tossing")
Washington State Standards for the Production and Use of Microfilm