Presentation to Media Requesters

This morning at the Office of Open Records in Harrisburg, I hosted a training session for a group of media requesters. The session focused on the Right-to-Know Law.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Media Requester Training – June 6, 2019 – PPTX
Media Requester Training – June 6, 2019 – PDF

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act, please let us know.

Oct. 11 in Harrisburg: RTKL Training for Requesters

The Office of Open Records is hosting a training session on Thursday, Oct. 11, at our office in Harrisburg which will focus on Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) issues of importance to requesters.

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 also be time for questions and answers.

Sign up here to join us on Oct. 11.

NOTE: This training will be most useful for interested residents and members of the media. It will be of limited value to agency employees and agency attorneys.

If you’re interested in this kind of training but can’t join us for this event, the presentation used in the training will be posted to this blog, we’ll be providing additional requester training sessions (including webinars) in the future, and we’ll be creating more YouTube videos focused on requester issues.

Visit the OOR website for more information about upcoming OOR training sessions and to subscribe to the OOR’s email newsletter.

Presentations from OOR’s 2016 Annual Training

Open records_logo stackedLast week, the Office of Open Records hosted our annual training session about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

I made a presentation, as did George Spiess, Chief of Training and Outreach, and Charles Brown, Chief Counsel.

Here are the presentations used at the 2016 Annual Training:

OOR 2016 Annual Training – Erik Arneson – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – Erik Arneson – PDF

OOR 2016 Annual Training – George Spiess – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – George Spiess – PDF

OOR 2016 Annual Training – Charles Brown – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – Charles Brown – PDF

If you’d like to watch the entire event, PCN has made video of the entire two-hour event available for free on its website.

Annual Training in Harrisburg on Oct. 26

Open records_logo stackedThis year’s Office of Open Records Annual Training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

Senior staff from the OOR will lead this session covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

The training will touch on the basics of each law, but additional detail will be provided on recent Final Determinations issued by the OOR, recent Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court decisions, and emerging issues.

This training session is designed to be of interest to both agencies and requesters. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions.

This session is pending approval for 1.5 CLEs.

You can register for the training session here.

CLE at Widener University Commonwealth Law School

Open records_logo stackedEarlier today, Charles Brown (Chief Counsel at the Office of Open Records) and I spoke at a continuing legal education at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg. This presentation was also recorded by PCN for airing at a later date.

We enjoyed the great questions and thank the school for inviting us.

Here’s the presentation I used:

Widener Presentation – Erik Arneson – Sept. 27, 2016 – PPTX
Widener Presentation – Erik Arneson – Sept. 27, 2016 – PDF

And here’s the presentation Charles used:

Widener Presentation – Charles Brown – Sept. 27, 2016 – PPTX
Widener Presentation – Charles Brown – Sept. 27, 2016 – PDF

OOR Annual Training – Presentation Materials

The Office of Open Records held its annual training session in Harrisburg this week, covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

PCN very graciously recorded the presentation and has made streaming video of the OOR’s training session available for free:
PCN Video Part 1
PCN Video Part 2

Here’s the presentation I used for my opening comments:
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PPTX)

And here’s the presentation George Spiess, our Director of Training and Outreach, used for his session:
Annual Training 2015 George Spiess Session (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 George Spiess Session (PPTX)

Thanks again to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and to the State Museum of Pennsylvania for hosting us, and to Senator Dominic Pileggi for saying a few words at the start of the session.

Opening Comments – OOR Annual Training

Today, the Office of Open Records is hosting its annual training session in Harrisburg, covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

Here’s the presentation I’m using for my opening comments:
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PPTX)

I’ll post the presentation used by George Spiess, our Director of Training and Outreach, soon. Also, complete video from the event will be available courtesy of PCN.