Public Records and Open Meetings Acts: How to Avoid Troubled Waters
When it comes to public records, it’s critical to know the library’s responsibilities for open meetings, protecting patron records, and complying with requests for access library records. If you’re unclear or need a refresher on complying with the RI General Laws on Open Meetings and Access to Public Records – this program is for you! Join your public library colleagues to learn how to determine when the Open Meetings Act applies and when an executive session is appropriate. Other statutory requirements, such as posting notices, amending agendas, and maintaining minutes will be discussed.
You’ll also learn the library’s and Board of Trustees’ legal responsibilities for adhering to the laws for public records. Important procedural provisions will be discussed, including the way to respond to public record requests and establishing guidelines for public access.
Information about Open Meetings (RIGL -42-46) and related information for libraries and Public Records (RIGL 38-1 and RIGL 38-2) are on the OLIS website.
Lisa A. Pinsonneault is a Special Assistant Attorney General, in the RI Department of Attorney General, Civil Division, where she focuses on general litigation and open government matters. She graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 1998.
- Thursday, March 29, 2018
- 9:30am - 11:30am
- Warwick Public Library
- OLIS Continuing Education