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§100-1-1. General.

1.1. Scope. -- This legislative rule establishes general guidelines for a county records management and preservation grants program administered by the Archives and History section of the Division of Culture and History for the Records Management and Preservation Board.

1.2. Authority.--W. Va. Code §§5A-8-15.

1.3. Filing Date.--May 8, 2002.

1.4. Effective Date.--July 1, 2002.

§100-1-2. Definitions.

2.1. "Archival quality" means a quality of reproduction providing permanent, durable, and nondestructive storage or copying medium for records consistent with established standards specified by state and national agencies and organizations responsible for establishing such standards, such as the Association for Information and Image Management, the American National Standards Institute, the National Bureau of Standards, the National Archives and Records Administration, and others as applicable to the project submitted for funding.

2.2. "Archival record" means all non-current records of continuing and enduring value useful to the citizens of the state and necessary to the administrative functions of counties and municipalities in the conduct of services and activities mandated by law. In appraisal of public records deemed archival, the terms "administrative," "fiscal," "historical," and "legal" shall be defined as:

2.3. "Board" means the Records Management and Preservation Board.

2.4. "Custodian" means the county official in charge of an office having public records.

2.5. "Director" means the Director of the Archives and History Section.

2.6. "Preservation" means maintaining archival records in their original form by stabilizing them chemically or strengthening them physically to ensure their survival as long as possible in their original form. It also means the reformatting of written, printed, electronic or visual archival originals to extend the life of the information.

2.7. "Public record" means recorded information that documents a transaction or activity by a county official or office. Regardless of physical form or characteristic, the recorded information is a public record if it is produced, collected, received or retained in pursuance of law or in connection with the transaction of public business.

The medium on which the information is recorded may be, but is not limited to, paper, film, magnetic, optical or solid state devices which can store electronic signals, tapes, Mylar, linen, silk or vellum. The general types of records may be, but are not limited to, books, papers, letters, documents, printouts, photographs, films, tapes, microfiche, microfilm, photostats, sound recordings, maps, drawings, and any representations held in machine readable form.

2.8. "Records Management" means the efficient and effective management and control of the creation, maintenance, use, and disposal of records, files and forms.

§100-1-3. County Records Management Assessment Program.

3.1. The Records Management and Preservation Board (Board) is aware of the serious need of county offices throughout the state to manage a vast accumulation of public records in several formats for administrative and public access. The Board seeks to compile information and supporting data on the volume, condition, storage, and preservation storage needs of county records. The information gathered will enable the Board to establish a uniform records management program, including but not limited to, preservation, reformatting, and enhanced public access, utilizing the most efficient and cost effective applications and applying best practices and standards available. The data will also provide the Board with information necessary to develop a competitive grants program to support county records projects implementing standards and priorities established by the Board.

3.2. To qualify and participate in this initiative, the county will complete and return a general survey form for all offices receiving public funds (local, county, state and federal), providing information on the office - staffing, quantity of space allocated for current and inactive records, date span and volume, types of records, and etc.

3.3. The Board, upon completion of general mail-in survey form, will sponsor and fund complete county records assessment surveys. These on-site surveys will be conducted using designs and guidelines developed from similar practices in other states and issued by the Board. These surveys will collect more specific data necessary to identify records management and preservation conditions and needs, which will serve as the basis for the Board's development of uniform records management procedures for all county government records.

§100-1-4. County Records Management Program.

4.1. The Board, using data compiled from the surveys and best practices from other applicable states' records management programs, will compile and publish a county records management manual. This manual will issue general records retention and disposition schedules for county offices; provide information on records storage requirements both on and off site; filing systems; reformatting and electronic records guidelines; record destruction procedures; disaster preparedness procedures; and other record needs as identified by the survey data.

§ 100-1-5. County Records Management and Preservation Grants Program.

5.1. Based on record needs identified by the survey data, the Board will identify priorities for records management and preservation of original historical public records and/or historical information contained on these records, and establish a competitive grants program for county projects addressing these priorities. Eligible program areas include, but are not limited to:

5.2. Grant applications will be put in priority order as established by the Board. Priority will be given to applications utilizing nationally recognized standards for records management principles, procedures, and technologies, and archival quality preservation practices, processes and technologies as issued by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA), National Association of Government Archivist and Records Administrators (NAGARA), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and others.

5.3. Each funding period will be for one year to run concurrent with state fiscal year.

5.4. All county offices, having participated in the initial surveys, will be eligible to apply for funds but will not automatically receive funds. Grants will be evaluated and rated in accordance with program priorities established and published by the Board (section 5.2). The Board will consider grant applications and ratings and approve, amend or reject for full or partial funding.

5.5. Availability of the project application form and selection criteria will be announced by the Board in September of each calendar year, sent to the Clerk of the County Commission, to the West Virginia Association of Counties and its member associations, and made accessible on the Archives and History web page or upon request to the Director of Archives and History, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, WV 25305-0300. Hard copies of the completed application (one original and two copies) must be postmarked no later than the 1st day of November of each calendar year and sent to the Board care of the above address for Archives and History.

5.6. The Board will notify successful applicants on or before the first day of March of the calendar year following the November submission.

5.7. Successful applicants must:

5.8. The Board will notify unsuccessful applicants in writing within fifteen (15) days of the Board's meeting to review, evaluate, and award grants on the applications submitted.

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