Montana state library resources for librarians

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Quick Guide to Records Retention for Montana Libraries Public records associated with the running of the library are retained by the city or county in accordance with state guidelines. This quick guide will help you determine how long certain records are kept by local governments to meet administrative, fiscal, and legal requirements. Ideally, records are kept at the library as long as they are current (needed) and then transferred to the city/county records management officer. Before records can be destroyed -- even records that meet the required retention period -- the city/county needs approval from the Local Government Records Committee ().

Another important consideration for library records is the historic value. Records that document the history of the library should be considered for permanent retention. This could include not only minutes, but selected correspondence, reports, information about programs and services, etc.

Library Districts are responsible for retention of all organization records and should follow the schedules as outlined by the State of Montana Records and Information Management Services: .

General Financial Records Invoices, order forms, purchase contracts, contracts in general, annual budgets, budget amendments, ledgers Library Districts

5 years

See Montana General Records Retention Schedule 2:

Administrative and Legal Records Written complaints, correspondence/policy correspondence Interlibrary loan paperwork Monthly reports, library policies, library standards Grants and supporting documentation, Federation documents Inventory reports Meeting minutes, statistics information Library Districts ? insurance policies/paperwork, MT DOA paperwork establishing district, IRS paperwork, legal opinions, memos from attorneys

3 years

3 years 4 years 5 years

Retain until superseded Permanent retention See Montana General Records Retention schedule 3:

Personnel Position descriptions Performance appraisals Recruitment/selection process documentation Application documentation hired/not hired Library Districts ? PERS paperwork, worker's compensation paperwork, IRS & MT Department of Revenue payroll paperwork

2 years after superseded 2 years after last use in employment decision, 3 years minimum 3 years after each selection Work years plus 10/3 years See Montana General Records Retention Schedule 5:

Miscellaneous Photo release forms

Suggested retention: 3 years after expiration

If you don't see it here, please visit the State of Montana Records and Information Management Services website:


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