Managing government information
Resources and guidance related to Government of Alberta information management.
Active records services
Records management services and processes that support day-to-day business operations and decision making, including:
- file folder maintenance
- document preparation and filing
- access requests and request tracking
- file manual maintenance
- annual file room cleanup
- file room orientation
Detailed information on active records services provided to Government of Alberta clients is available through the Service Catalogue (login required).
Alberta Records Management Committee (ARMC) circulars
The ARMC provides direction to government organizations on the records management program through the following circulars:
- Administrative Records Disposition Authority (ARDA) Amendment – 2016-005 (0.2 MB)
- ARDA Amendment – 2001-01 (0.1 MB)
- ARDA Amendment 011 (1986-050-A011) – 2002-04 (0.1 MB)
- ARDA Amendment 013 – Resolution of Final Dispositions – 2007-02 (0.01 MB)
- ARDA Amendment 014 – Employee Timesheets and T4 Statements – 2010-003 (0.01 MB)
- ARDA Amendment 016 – Disposition of Employee Source Records – 2013-02(0.2 MB)
- ARDA Amendment 017 - 2016-005 (0.2 MB)
- ARMC Schedule Review Guidelines – 2004-03 (0.1 MB)
- Application of Justice Records Schedules to Justice Lawyers' Records at Seconded Offices – 2015-001 (0.01 MB)
- Backups – Scheduling and Disposition – 2008-004 (0.01 MB)
- Date Range Amendments to Records Retention and Disposition Schedules – 95/96-007 (0.01 MB)
- Dealing with Contaminated or Damaged Records – 2013-04 (0.3 MB)
- Delegation of Responsibility to the Secretary – 2016-003 (0.3 MB)
- Destruction of Purged Disciplinary Records – 2010-004 (0.1 MB)
- Developing an Organization-Wide Records Scheduling Plan – 95/96-002 (0.2 MB)
- Disposition of Imaged Source Records – 2009-01 (0.01 MB)
- Documenting Concurrence Conditions – 2016-001 (0.2 MB)
- Duplicate Certificates of Title – 2004-04 (0.1 MB)
- Executive Records Schedule – 2007-01 (0.01 MB)
- FOIP References in Records Schedules – 2009-02 (0.01 MB)
- Inadvertent Destruction of Records – 2012-001 (0.01 MB)
- Justice Lawyers' Records and FOIP Requests – 2015-002 (0.01 MB)
- Management and Disposition of Ministers’ Records – 96/97-004 (0.2 MB)
- Management of Instant Messages – 2008-001 (0.01 MB)
- Management of Spam and Junk Email Messages – 2008-002 (0.01 MB)
- Ministers’ Records Created Prior to April 1995 – 2006-01 (0.01 MB)
- Ministers’ Records Created Since April 1995 – 2006-12 (0.01 MB)
- Mixed Box Conditions Resulting from ARDA Amendments – Update – 2006-03 (0.1 MB)
- Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance – 2013-03 (0.1 MB)
- Roles and Responsibilities during Litigation and Discovery – 2014-001 (0.1 MB)
- Senior Records Officer Appointments and Signing Authority for Records Scheduling and Disposition Documentation – 2016-002 (0.1 MB)
- Transfer of Approved Records Schedules – 2002-02 (0.1 MB)
- Transfer of Confidential Transitory Records for Destruction – 2002-01 (0.1 MB)
Classification scheme development
- detailed information on classification development services provided to Government of Alberta clients is available through the Service Catalogue (login required)
Business Classification Scheme (1.0 MB)
- describes 10 functions that deal with the common record-keeping activities found throughout the Government of Alberta
Document Naming Conventions (0.4 MB)
- outlines the recommended naming conventions for documents
Information Lifecycle (0.06 MB)
- a visual representation of the stages of information management lifecycle
- Government of Alberta policies, processes, guidelines, and procedures must be followed to effectively manage information at each stage of its lifecycle
Information Management Planning (1.0 MB)
- intended for those responsible for information management within Government of Alberta ministries
- helps to assess the current state of information management in a ministry
- aids in developing ministry information management plans that align with the Information Management Strategy
The tip sheets and guides below will help you quickly and effectively manage the Outlook environment through automation and preferred practices.
- 28 Day Delete Folder Policy (0.1 MB)
- Cleaning Up Tasks (0.2 MB)
- Displaying Mailbox Size (0.2 MB)
- Email Clean Up Tool (0.3 MB)
- Email Decision Diagram (0.2 MB)
- Email Expiration Dates (0.4 MB)
- Empty Deleted Items Folder on Exit (0.3 MB)
- Managing Instant Messages (0.2 MB)
- Managing Outlook’s Calendar (0.5 MB)
- Using Advanced Find to Locate and Delete Common Transitory Email Messages (0.6 MB)
- Using Rules to Automate Email Routing (0.2 MB)
The Information Management Branch is responsible for managing the design, development, maintenance, storage and distribution of an inventory of electronic and paper forms used by both the Government of Alberta and the general public.
Detailed information on the forms management services provided to Government of Alberta clients is available through the Service Catalogue (login required).
The senior records officer is responsible for completing these transfers.
- lists information management activities to complete following an election or a government reorganization
- details instructions for transferring approved, cancelled, expired and draft records schedules, and for deleting draft records schedules that are no longer required
The Information Management Branch is responsible for:
- creating and maintaining a list of vendors who provide digitization services
- offering advisory services on digitization best practices
- providing subject matter expertise for digitization projects
Detailed information on imaging management services provided to Government of Alberta clients, such as document digitization or microform conversion, is available through the Service Catalogue (login required).
Inactive records storage
The Information Management Branch oversees the storage and management of inactive records. Inactive records are records that are no longer needed to support day-to-day operations, and are maintained in secure off-site locations. All stored government information must be retained until it can either be destroyed or sent to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Detailed information on inactive records storage services provided to Government of Alberta clients is available through the Service Catalogue (login required).
Records in ministers’ offices
The nature of information found in ministers’ offices requires strong foundational guidelines to protect it from security and privacy risks.
- offers specific guidance for managing the information produced and used in ministers’ and deputy ministers’ offices
- details information on records management and the FOIP Act, focusing on ministers’ and deputy ministers’ offices
Records retention and disposition schedules
The Information Management Branch provides advice to ministries on the development of all records retention and disposition schedules, and secretariat support to the Alberta Records Management Committee (ARMC).
Detailed information on schedule development services provided to Government of Alberta clients is available through the Service Catalogue (login required).
- offers guidance on the Government of Alberta’s approach to scheduling and techniques for developing high quality schedules
- offers guidance on the management of source documents that have been converted into a digital format, since older records schedules may not provide guidelines for disposing scanned records
These schedules can be used by all Government of Alberta ministries, agencies, boards and commissions, with the following exceptions:
- Salvageable Damaged Records: ARMC approval is required before a government organization can use this schedule to destroy records.
- Unsalvageable Damaged Records: ARMC approval is required to dispose of unsalvageable records that are not contaminated.
- may be used as a records retention and disposition schedule for common administrative records in Alberta Government ministries and agencies
Backup Systems – 2003/043-A001 (0.01 MB)
- provides a common approach to backups for all ministries, agencies, boards and commissions of the Government of Alberta
- provides a legal disposition authority to dispose of the records associated with the backup process, and the content of the backups
Civil Litigation – 1982/223-A2 (0.1 MB)
- used for records relating to Legal Services Division’s legal and strategic activities across the Government of Alberta
Ministers' Offices – 2002/041 (0.01 MB)
- used for ministry and cabinet records that are generated or received by ministers in their capacity as ministers of the crown
Salvageable Damaged Records – 2012/005 (0.01 MB)
- used for records that have been physically damaged but are either not contaminated or have contamination that can be mitigated (such as mould caused by clean water) and restored to usefulness
Transitory Records – 1995/007-A001 (0.01 MB)
- used to delegate authority to destroy or delete transitory records to every Government of Alberta employee
- transitory records containing sensitive or confidential information must be securely destroyed or deleted
- used for records that have been damaged (for example: harmed, contaminated or spoiled) and cannot be reasonably salvaged or restored to usefulness
A senior records officer (SRO) is responsible for implementing the records management program in each ministry, agency, board and commission. A list of contact information for each SRO (0.1 MB), listed by organization, is maintained by the Information Management Branch.
The Information Management Branch administers the following applications to support the delivery of information management services to government clients (login required):
- manages the forms management process, from client request through the design, development, testing, reviewing and publishing stages
- provides a restricted access point to internal government forms for employees, contractors and agents of the Government of Alberta
- assists Government of Alberta organizations with moving inactive records to the Alberta Records Centre for storage or direct final disposition
- assists Government of Alberta organizations with requesting inactive records from the Alberta Records Centre
- facilitates the development, review, appraisal, approval and amendment of records retention and disposition schedules
Transfers and disposition
The Information Management Branch supports the systematic and controlled disposal of the Government of Alberta’s information assets, including:
- facilitating destruction of paper or electronic records
- transferring records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta for preservation
- suspending disposal in response to legal holds
Detailed information on transfer and disposition services provided to Government of Alberta clients is available through the Service Catalogue (login required).
- guides individuals in the Government of Alberta to identify records, and determine when to retain valuable information assets and when to dispose of obsolete information
- offers a simple visual reference for individuals trying to categorize records as official or transitory
- details the disposition process used by Service Alberta personnel for documents stored on shared drives
- accessible for Government of Alberta employees only
- details the disposition process used by Service Alberta personnel for documents stored on SharePoint
- accessible for Government of Alberta employees only
Use these resources to assist in the development of vital records programs that support business continuity planning in the Government of Alberta.
Identifying Potential Vital Records (0.2 MB)
- describes 5 main categories of vital records to consider
- outlines tasks a vital records coordinator may be asked to participate in or organize
Vital Records Coordinator’s Contacts (0.1 MB)
- provides a template to collect relevant business continuity contact information
- provides a template to identify vital records that support critical, vital, necessary and desired services
- provides a template to detail the series title, use and medium of the vital records identified in Vital Records Inventory, Part 1
Contact Information Management Branch
For further details or inquiries about the Government of Alberta’s information management program and services, please contact email@example.com.