The Office of Open Records webinars scheduled to take place this week will be rescheduled.
Continuing 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)
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.
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.
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.
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Prior 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
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:
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.
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:
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!
As part of Sunshine Week 2019, the Office of Open Records is hosting a series of nine webinars addressing various topics related to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. Some will be of more interest to agencies, some of more interest to requesters, and some will be of interest to both groups.
Here’s the complete schedule, along with links to sign up:
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.
After you sign up for a webinar, you’ll receive a confirmation email. About 30 minutes prior to the start of each session you sign up for, you’ll receive another email which includes a link to join the webinar. 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.
We hope you can join us for one or more of the sessions!
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:
The OOR has nine more webinars scheduled to take place next week covering a variety of topics. Check the full schedule here.
Tomorrow (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.