Public Records Request Forms

According to North Carolina’s public records law, N.C.G.S. 132, the people of North Carolina have a right to inspection of public records. N.C.G.S. 132-1(b) states, “Therefore, it is the policy of this State that the people may obtain copies of their public records and public information free or at minimal cost unless otherwise specifically provided…

Readings in Records Management

Search Google for the phrase “records management” and you get 2.7 million hits. This post filters those results and highlights three hits with essential reading for state and local government records managers. The Municipal Clerks Education Foundation, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators publish a…

Example File Plan

File Cartography

In our Files & Filing workshops for local governments and state agencies, we recommend development of a file plan. The file plan is the “road map” to an office’s filing system. The file plan specifies the logical order of paper and electronic files, and the arrangement by which all documents may be identified, stored, and…

Got any obsolete green General Statute books?

The North Carolina Legislative library has come up with a novel use for the General Statute books that are inevitably rendered obsolete with the next wave of session law. According to their blog, if you guess the number of volumes that are in their tree, you can win a prize! If you have a set…

From Whence G.S. 132? Part 1

From Whence G.S. 132? Part 1 Since you, dear reader, have found your way here to our dusty cardboard, pulp, and email filled corner of the internet you are probably familiar with the nature of NC G.S. 132. If you are a records custodian, either at the state or local level you are no doubt,…