We’ve got a new look!

The G.S. 132 blog is getting a refreshed appearance. If you don’t recognize the site, no fear, it’s still the same old blog you’ve known and loved for a year and a half now. Same posts, same comments, same pages. Enjoy the new look!

What tutorials would you like to see about caring for family records?

At the office, records management is something you do collaboratively, working within a network people, structured by departmental policies and laws, and supported by IT staff and infrastructure. At home, though, it may just be you and another person keeping track of everything, including historical materials from generations past. The State Archives and the State…

Tweet Delete, Delete All My Tweets, Tweeticide . . . is it ok to delete our Tweets?

For government agencies, Tweet Delete, Delete All My Tweets, Tweeticide, and similar apps can be a public records nightmare.  These tools are designed to help clean up your Twitter account by deleting all of the tweets from your account with a single click, or by automatically deleting all posts older than a specified age. Be warned: if…

Does FOIA apply to me?

The quick answer is no! The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law originally passed in 1966 that applies only to executive branch federal agencies. It doesn’t apply to Congress, the courts, or state or local governments. If FOIA doesn’t apply in North Carolina, what does? States have their own laws–referred to variously…

Taming Your Digital Files

Messy Desktop Syndrome Infobesity e-hoarding Information anxiety Information overload These are a few of the terms bloggers and researchers alike are using to describe the bad behaviors and anxieties of digital records management. In the old world of paper record keeping, the physical effects of record keeping were tangible  Paper records take up visible space, and employees who failed…

Test Yourself: How NOT to Redact a PDF

(Update: See the answers in this blog post) Can you identify the authors of the four “redacted” documents below? Do you understand how to effectively redact information from a PDF? Before you say yes, take a look at these PDFs and see which redactions you can “crack”. With some technical savvy, a careful reviewer should be…