Draft Schedule: Public Relations

The draft schedule for the Public Relations function has been vetted by a group of expert stakeholders and has been reviewed by staff at the State Archives of North Carolina.  Now we want to provide an opportunity for a broader audience of state government employees to review this draft and provide constructive feedback.  You can access the draft here, and explanations of the format and terminology follow:

RC No. – a unique identifying number assigned to each record type for ease of referencercno

The example above indicates the numbering scheme for Speeches (1545.A):

  • Public Relations is the 15th function
  • Marketing and Publicity is the 4th sub-function under Public Relations
  • Speeches are the 5th record type under Marketing and Publicity
  • Retention abbreviations provide a quick method of identifying the retention requirement for a particular record:

abbreviationsRecord Types – groupings of records that are “created, received, or used in the same activity.” (From Richard Pearce-Moses, A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology).

Description – a description of the records, often including the types of records that can be frequently found in that series.

Disposition Instructions – instructions dictating the length of time a series must be retained, and how the office should dispose of those records after that time (either by destruction or transfer to the State Archives).  For any records that will transfer to the State Records Center, either for temporary storage or for transfer to the State Archives, consult the Appendix for the item number that is necessary to track these records.  (Note: Although the footnote references this appendix, that information is still being collected and is not included in this draft.)

Citation – a listing of references to statutes, laws, and codes related to the records series. Citations can include Authorities (governing the creation of records), Confidentiality (limiting access to public records), and Retention (setting a retention period).

The Disposition Instructions include a number of triggers that begin the retention period:

  • Closed: With a record such as an investigation, the retention period begins once the case is closed.
  • Complete: With a record such as a report, the retention period begins once the report has been finalized.
  • Reference value ends: Once the content of a record is no longer useful or significant, it can be destroyed. This disposition is usually applied to records that were not created by the agency.
  • Service ends: With a record relating to an appointed office, the retention period begins once the term of service ends.
  • Superseded or Obsolete: With any record that is produced in versions, an older version can be destroyed when the new version is received.

Please review the current draft and Leave a Reply at the bottom of this page to share your feedback with us.  This draft will be available for review for 30 days.