Presentation for 12/5 Requester Training

Yesterday, the Office of Open Records hosted a training session designed for requesters at our office in Harrisburg.

Topics 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.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used for this session:

Requester Training – Dec. 5, 2018 – PDF
Requester Training – Dec. 5, 2018 – PPTX

The OOR regularly provides training on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. Our training calendar is available here, and we always welcome requests to provide training.

Our next scheduled training for requesters will take place on March 11, 2019.

Speaking to Journalism Students at Gannon University

Yesterday, I visited Gannon University in Erie to speak to one of Prof. Frank Garland’s journalism classes 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:

Gannon University – Prof. Francis P. Garland – Nov. 20, 2018 (PPTX)
Gannon University – Prof. Francis P. Garland – Nov. 20, 2018 (PDF)

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 at the Mercer County Courthouse

On Monday, I visited beautiful Mercer County to speak to county department heads and employees about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great session, and I very much appreciate the invitation. (The Mercer County Courthouse, built more than 100 years ago, is a wonderful building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Mercer County – Nov. 19, 2018 (PPTX)
Mercer County – Nov. 19, 2018 (PDF)

If you’d like to request training from the Office of Open Records, here’s how to do it.

Speaking to Sisters in Crime: Delaware Valley Chapter

On Saturday, I visited the Tredyffrin Public Library to speak to the Delaware Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime 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:

Sisters in Crime – Nov. 17, 2018 (PPTX)
Sisters in Crime – Nov. 17, 2018 (PDF)

If you’d like to request training from the Office of Open Records, here’s how to do it.

Speaking to Two Journalism Classes at Penn State

Yesterday, I visited Penn State University to speak to two of Cindy Simmons’ journalism classes about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

Both were great sessions, and I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Penn State University – Cynthia Simmons – Nov. 13, 2018 (PPTX)
Penn State University – Cynthia Simmons – Nov. 13, 2018 (PDF)

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

Speaking to Students at Penn State

Yesterday, I visited Penn State University to speak to Dr. Ben Cramer’s Telecommunications & the Environment 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:

Penn State University – Dr. Benjamin W. Cramer – Nov. 5, 2018 (PPTX)
Penn State University – Dr. Benjamin W. Cramer – Nov. 5, 2018 (PDF)

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.

Presentation for OOR’s 2018 Annual Training

Office of Open Records LogoThis afternoon at 2:00 p.m., the Office of Open Records will hold its annual training session on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act.

The session is taking place in Harrisburg, but you can also join us by webinar. (Get all the details and sign up here.) It’s free, and 2 CLEs (1 substantive, 1 ethics) are available for attorneys.

The session will include presentations by me (Erik Arneson), Director of Training and Outreach George Spiess, Chief Counsel Charles Brown, General Counsel Delene Lantz, and Deputy Director Nathan Byerly. We’ve combined all of our PowerPoint slides into a single presentation:

OOR Annual Training 2018 (PPTX)
OOR Annual Training 2018 (PDF)

Complete video will be available sometime after the session ends.