OOR Webinar Schedule for Sunshine Week 2020

Office of Open Records LogoContinuing a tradition that began last year, the Office of Open Records is once again planning a series of webinars for Sunshine Week 2020 with topics related to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act.

The OOR’s Sunshine Week 2020 webinar series currently looks like this:

March 16 (Monday)
RTKL Basics for Agency Open Records Officers
with OOR Director of Training & Outreach George Spiess

March 17 (Tuesday)
Records Retention
with Archivist Tyler Stump of the Pennsylvania State Archives

March 18 (Wednesday)
Writing an Effective RTKL Request
with OOR Executive Director Erik Arneson

March 19 (Thursday)
Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act
with OOR Director of Training & Outreach George Spiess

March 20 (Friday)
Changes to the OOR Docketing System
with OOR General Counsel Delene Lantz-Johnson

All of the webinars will begin at 10 a.m. and will include plenty of time for questions. Mark your calendar to join us!

For more details, check the OOR’s training calendar a little closer to Sunshine Week.

Webinar – RTKL for Law Enforcement

Office of Open Records LogoThe Office of Open Records is hosting a webinar titled The Right-to-Know Law for Law Enforcement on Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m.

This session, hosted by George Spiess, our Chief of Training and Outreach, will focus on those aspects of the Right-to-Know Law that are specific to police departments, such as investigatory records, the impact of Act 22 of 2017 (which covers police recordings), and CHRIA.

More information about the webinar is available on the OOR’s Training Calendar.

The OOR also has published a RTKL Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Survey: What Do You Want from OOR Webinars?

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The Office of Open Records is planning more webinars about the Right-to-Know Law, the Sunshine Act, and related topics.

It would be a huge help to hear from you: What you would like to see in future webinars, what days of the week are best, what times of day are best, etc.

Please help us out by completing this quick survey.

And to be sure you hear about the webinars, subscribe to the OOR’s email newsletter.

Thank you.

OOR Webinars – Last Week & A Look Ahead

Office of Open Records LogoPrior to last week, the Office of Open Records had hosted precisely one webinar. Last week, which was Sunshine Week 2019, we dove in the deep end with nine webinars.

Part of our goal was to see how much interest there might be in this kind of training about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act. The OOR has been doing on-site trainings since the law went into effect in 2009, and we don’t intend to stop. But webinars can reach a wider audience more efficiently.

I’m thrilled to report that we had more than 600 people sign up to participate in those nine webinars. (Some of those 600 are repeat customers – people who signed up for more than one.) As a result, we will definitely be scheduling more web-based training sessions.

Of the nine sessions we offered last week, here’s how they ranked in terms of public interest:

  • Sunshine Act Training
  • Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers (AOROs)
  • Recent Court & OOR Decisions of Note
  • About OOR Mediation
  • AOROs: Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
  • OOR Website Resources
  • RTKL Training for Requesters
  • 2019 AORO Survey Results
  • OOR Annual Report

If you’d like to suggest other topics, please let us know. And the best way to be notified of upcoming OOR webinars is to sign up for our email newsletter!

OOR Website Resources – Presentation

This afternoon, the Office of Open Records is hosting a webinar about resources available on our website.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation our Chief of Training & Outreach, George Spiess, prepared for this session:

OOR Website Resources – March 15, 2019 – PDF
OOR Website Resources – March 15, 2019 – 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.

This is our final webinar for Sunshine Week 2019. Thank you to everyone who joined us! The best way to be notified of upcoming webinars is to sign up for our email newsletter.

Presentation for Requester Webinar

Earlier this afternoon, the Office of Open Records hosted a webinar designed for requesters.

Topics covered include how to write a good Right-to-Know Law 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 Webinar – March 11, 2019 – PDF
Requester Webinar- March 11, 2019 – 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.

This is Sunshine Week 2019, and we’re hosting a series of webinars. I hope you can join us for some or all of them!