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The following is a list of August training events offered at the Utah State Archives located downtown Salt Lake City. All employees of a governmental entity are invited to participate, especially records officers, chief administrative officers, information technology specialists, and legal advisors.

Instructions on how to register for Archives’ events can be found hereUtah State Archives’ training events are free of charge. Questions regarding training events may be directed to recordstraining@utah.gov or 801-531-3863.

Next week, August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon:

Records Management 2: General Retention Schedules

This class explains what the general retention schedules are and provides practice in using them. Participants will learn about their roles in creating and updating the general schedules, and will hear about future plans for updates.

Two weeks later on August 15th from 9:00 a.m. to noon:

Records Management 1: Records Management Essentials 

This class covers best practices and legal responsibilities of government agencies in managing records, as well as practical steps for implementing a records management program and resources that are available through the State Archives. The online course can be accessed here.

New General Retention Schedule Approved

The State Records Committee approved a new general retention schedule this month:

Substance Use Disorder Records
These records document the planning and treatment of substance use disorder clients. Information includes assessments, evaluations, clinical and physician notes, employment records, visiting arrangements, and related records.

Retention & Disposition is 10 years after case is closed and then destroy.

To hear the discussion regarding these schedules, please go to the State Records Committee’s page on the Public Notice Website. All are welcome to attend the State Records Committee and provide input on retention schedules being discussed. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Utah State Archives.

Spotlight On: Alison Merchant

July 6, 2017 Comments off

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This month we are spotlighting Alison Merchant, a receptionist and records officer at Sevier School District.

Alison has been a record officer for three years, in addition to her full-time job. She works on records management whenever she can. The most challenging part of her job is finding records for Downwinder claims. If an individual graduated from high school, there will be transcripts, but if they were younger or never graduated in Utah, then they rely on roll books to prove student enrollment. She helps them scroll through page by page, think of any nicknames/middle names they would have gone by (to match to given names), look at the birth date and parent names (if they’re included in the books), to try to find a match.

Alison is working to organize and preserve their records so the next Records Officer can start with a clean slate. She is working with the school district to digitize the roll books. Alison said it feels great to be able to help people find themselves or a parent or older sibling in the records.

We asked Alison what advice she’d give to other record officers. She said:

“Organization is probably the most helpful part of my job. Without organization it would take me a lot longer to locate the records being requested. In some cases it may be impossible to find them without organization.”

Thanks for all of your hard work, Alison! We are glad to have you as one of our GREAT records officers!

Today’s Online Training: Records Management Essentials and Public Records Requests

June 23, 2017 4 comments

9 AM-12 PM: Records Management Essentialshttp://bit.ly/2sByEUI
This class covers best practices and legal responsibilities of government agencies in managing records, as well as practical steps for implementing a records management program and resources that are available through the State Archives.

1 PM-4 PM: Records Access: Public Records Requestshttp://bit.ly/2tOsvEe
This class focuses on the basics of GRAMA, including records classification, records sharing, handling GRAMA requests, and the appeals process.

To ask a question during the webinar, email your question to recordstraining@utah.gov .

The recording for today’s training will be on our website within a week.

How to retrieve records from the State Records Center

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Although government records stored at the State Records Center in Clearfield are no longer actively referenced within your office (meaning they are used less than once a month), you may recall them whenever needed. This happens for a variety of reasons: There may be a GRAMA request for records that are housed in the State Records Center, a student may be requesting a transcript years after they’ve graduated, there may be a case file needing some additions. These requests may be for a single file or multiple files; a whole box or multiple boxes.

If you are recalling files, not boxes, separate retrieval forms need to be submitted for each file, even if they are in the same box. Once the request has been received by the Record Center staff, the records will be sent to the requester within two business days. If the files requested are so large in volume that they fill more than half the box they are stored in, the Record Center staff will send the entire box to maintain record order. If the file cannot be located, the Record Center staff will contact your office.

To locate individual files in a box, it is important that the agency provide Record Center staff with the exact file name as it was filed. As discussed in the last blog post titled “How to send records to the State Records Center”, these records are in the agency’s custody, therefore the files must be organized by the agency before transfer. Keeping an inventory of each box’s contents in the office and in the box will make it easier to retrieve files. You can organize the files by case number, by category or subject, alphabetical by last name, chronological order, or geographical order.

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When you receive the file, there will be a file request form on the front. Do not remove it. Return it with the file so the Record Center staff can refile it correctly. If the file request form is not returned with the records, then the Record Center staff will not have the necessary information to re-file the records. The records will be returned to the agency until the proper organizational information and box details can be determined.

Are there any questions you have about using the Record Center? Let us know!

How to send records to the State Records Center

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Government records may be stored at the State Records Center in Clearfield when they are no longer actively referenced within your office (used less than once a month). This allows your agency to maintain ownership while using free off-site storage. Once you’ve completed a Records Transfer Sheet (RTS) online, you can coordinate with the Record Center staff to deliver your records.

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Here are a few guidelines and pointers. First of all, verify that the record series have been scheduled and assigned a series number by the State Archives. If there is no series number assigned, work with your analyst to obtain one. If you send records to the State Records Center without a series number, they will be sent back to you. If the records are past retention, do not send them to the State Records Center to be destroyed.

Once the records are scheduled and you have received a series number, you are ready to box your records. The boxes must meet the specifications required by the State Archives. You can order boxes from Office Depot. Call 1-888-263-3423 and provide your Office Depot Customer Number. If you don’t have one, you will be invited to establish one. Office Depot must have your account open before they can view the box item number (285052) in their system. If you have any trouble ordering the boxes, call 801-736-7377.

The Record Center staff has provided a few do’s and don’ts for packing boxes:

  • DO pack records using the same arrangement you use in your office. You do not need to create a new filing system to send records to the State Records Center.
  • DO replace hanging file folders, and binders with labeled manila folders.
  • DO remove rubber bands.
  • DO tape boxes if you are using State Mail. If you are not using State Mail, it is not required.
  • DO keep an inventory of each box’s contents. A copy of this inventory should remain with the records officer and a copy should be kept in the box.
  • DO label boxes with a large black pen and include the following information directly on the box in the proper field: Agency name, agency-assigned box number, and record series number.
  • DO contact the Records Center at 801-525-3020 to make special arrangements for oversize materials like maps.
  • DON’T over-pack the boxes. There should be about two inches of space in the box. Your hand should be able to easily use the handles on the side and easily fit in the box to retrieve folders. If you scratch your hand, the Record Center staff will too when retrieving, shelving and filing the box.
  • DON’T send cassette tapes/VHS or CDs to the Records Center for storage.
  • DON’T put records belonging to more than one record series in the box.
  • DON’T reuse old boxes that have already been written on.

Once boxes are prepared, fill out the online Records Transfer Sheet (RTS). Make sure you indicate on the transfer sheet if anything in the box is not paper. After you have submitted the RTS, the Records Center will email and let you know when you may send the records. If State Mail (801-323-4300) is available, you may send up to 6 boxes without prior arrangement.  Upon delivery, Records Center staff will verify that all boxes match the Records Transfer Sheet. They will send a Box Accession Report to whomever submitted the original RTS. As a note, if the record officer is not the person submitting the RTS, they will not receive the Accession Report, which they may need to have, so make sure you are keeping the record officer in the loop.

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Stay tuned for part 3- How to retrieve records from the State Records Center!

April SRC Retention Schedule Report

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The previously posted general schedule was heard by the State Records Committee today and approved. This general schedule was previously posted on this blog for your input.

To hear the discussion regarding these schedules, please go to the State Records Committee’s page on the Public Notice Website. All are welcome to attend the State Records Committee and provide input on retention schedules being discussed. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Utah State Archives.