Managing and storing voluminous paper records is time-consuming and expensive. That’s why I brought together my fellow Registers, legislators in Annapolis, and our state archivists to change how we store our paper files. For many years, it’s been our practice to scan and image all papers filed in our office. Since we have these reliable, high-resolution digital records, we decided to eliminate the need to keep paper records indefinitely, and now eventually dispose of them (except for testamentary documents like Wills and Codicils). After several years of hard work, this paper reduction initiative has reduced our permanent paper records by 90%. Changing “how it’s always been done” is never easy so I’m proud we were able to adopt a more modern approach to record-keeping and save taxpayers dollars at the same time.