Standard RTKL Request Form – Webinar Presentation

Earlier today, George Spiess (the OOR’s Director of Training and Outreach) and I hosted a webinar focused on the Standard Right-to-Know Law Request Form. The participants had great questions.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation we used:

Standard Request Form Webinar – March 6, 2019 (PDF)
Standard Request Form Webinar – March 6, 2019 (PPTX)

The OOR has nine more webinars scheduled to take place next week covering a variety of topics. Check the full schedule here.

In-Person Training for Requesters on 3/11

Office of Open Records LogoOn Monday, March 11, the Office of Open Records is hosting an in-person training session for requesters at our office in Harrisburg.

The session will examine Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law from the perspective of someone who wants to obtain records. Topics to be covered include how to write a good RTKL request, accessing information in databases, significant deadlines in the RTKL, how to appeal a RTKL denial, and more.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

I hope you can join us! Sign up here to register.

Webinar on 3/6 – Request Form Plus Open Q&A

Office of Open Records LogoTomorrow (March 6, 2019) at 10:30 a.m., the Office of Open Records will host a webinar to explain recent changes to the Standard Right-to-Know Law Request Form and to answer RTKL-related questions during an open Q&A session.

I’ll be part of the webinar, as will George Spiess, the OOR’s Director of Training and Outreach.

You can join us by signing up for the webinar here.

We plan (subject to our ability to master the technology involved) to post the session on YouTube sometime after the event concludes.

Discussing the RTKL on Face the State

Face the State - February 17, 2019Last week (Feb. 17), Robb Hanrahan invited me to appear on the CBS 21 news program Face the State.

We discussed the Right-to-Know Law, how it applies to social media, the proposed federal Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, and many other related topics.

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel and Charlie Gerow of Quantum Communications added some great questions as well.

The complete video is available here.

Thank you to Robb, Mark, Charlie, and the entire Face the State team.

Speaking to Students at Drexel University

Yesterday, I visited Drexel University to speak to Dr. Ron Bishop’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great session, and I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Drexel University – Dr. Ron Bishop – Feb. 21, 2019 (PDF)
Drexel University – Dr. Ron Bishop – Feb. 21, 2019 (PPTX)

If you’re a professor in Pennsylvania and you’d like me to speak to your class, let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

Speaking to Students at Lebanon Valley College

Monday, I visited Lebanon Valley College to speak to Jaime Fettrow-Alderfer’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great session, and I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Lebanon Valley College – Jaime Fettrow-Alderfer – Feb. 11, 2019 (PDF)
Lebanon Valley College – Jaime Fettrow-Alderfer – Feb. 11, 2019 (PPTX)

If you’re a professor in Pennsylvania and you’d like me to speak to your class, let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

Sunshine Week 2019 – OOR Webinars

As part of Sunshine Week 2019, the Office of Open Records is hosting a series of webinars. Some will be of more interest to agencies, some of more interest to requesters, and some will be of interest to both groups.

(The OOR’s webinars run via Skype, so you may need to download a small app to participate, but in our testing the process has been pretty seamless. Everyone who signs up will receive directions on how to access the webinar a couple days in advance.)

Here’s the schedule of webinars:

Right-to-Know Law Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers
Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2019 Agency Open Records Officer Survey Results
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunshine Act Training
Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

About Office of Open Records Mediation
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recent Court and Office of Open Records Decisions of Note
Thursday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
Thursday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Releasing the 2018 Office of Open Records Annual Report
Friday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Office of Open Records Website Resources
Friday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In addition to the webinars, we’re also hosting one in-person training session for requesters at our office in Harrisburg:

In-Person RTKL Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We hope you can join us for one or more of the sessions!