Archival Records: A Compromise

As a state agency records analyst, I will oftentimes meet with representatives of other agencies to assist them in updating or amending their records retention schedules.  Last summer, I had one of these meetings with an individual who expressed a desire to mark as “archival” several of the records series generated by his office.  “Archival”…

FAQ: Are they personnel?

From time to time, we receive questions about the confidentiality (or lack thereof) of records concerning persons who definitely work for a county or municipality but don’t follow the traditional definition of personnel.  These can be delicate situations because, on the one hand, no one wants to disclose private personnel information, but, on the other hand,…

New County Schedule Drafts for Review

Two new drafts of County Government Records Retention and Disposition Schedules are posted on our website. We are looking for your comments and questions to make these schedules better and more useful to you. One draft is an update of the County Management Schedule. This schedule, last updated in 2006, covers many of the basic…

Seven Free Workshops Across the State

The Local Records Unit of the Government Records Center is pleased to announce another round of regional Managing Public Records Workshops during the months of March and April.  All workshops will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., and cover Public Records Laws, Records Management, Using the Retention and Disposition Schedule, Managing Electronic Records, and…

Sunshine Day Event

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition is offering a Sunshine Day event at McKimmon Center in Raleigh on March 11, 2013. The main event lasts from Noon to 4:00 p.m. and features speakers that include veteran journalists, government officials from North Carolina, and numerous experts and advocates for open government. There is a pre-conference session…

State Agency Employees: Have Workshops, Will Travel

Do some of the employees in your agency need training in the state’s records management program, but are so overburdened with work that they can’t spare the time to travel over to the State Records Center for the classes? Well, there is a simple solution to this problem – have the training presented in your…

FAQ: Letters of Dismissal

Two years ago, Frayda Bluestein from the UNC School of Government wrote  this helpful blog post, which explains what information and records pertaining to employment actions are or are not open to the public.  Frayda wrote this in order to clarify the 2010 North Carolina legislative changes to the confidentiality of public employees’ personnel files.  For…