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A librarian’s bureaucratic battle for public records

“For Marilyn Flachman, it seemed like a simple request.In Colorado, open records laws clearly say public employee salaries, which are funded by taxpayers, are available to the public.Last year, the district was having financial problems, so Ms. Flachman, a former Adams County School District 50 board president, wanted to see the details of most schools’ largest expenditure — staff salaries.” (via Washington Times)

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Live streaming project tests boundaries of public access to court proceedings

“A new Internet live streaming project in Massachusetts broadcast its first criminal trial this month, but it’s still grappling with who can opt to stay off screen and why. Boston NPR station WBUR developed OpenCourt with a $1 million Knight News Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation. Live streaming at Quincy District Court started in May 2011. At first, live streaming was limited to certain procedures, including arraignments, probation surrender hearings, substance abuse commitment hearings and summary process cases.”

via Law.com

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Overhaul of Federal Record-Keeping Ordered By NARA, Office of Management and Budget

“A major overhaul in the way federal departments and agencies manage and preserve their records was ordered today by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a directive that carries out a presidential memorandum to reform records management for the 21st century, NARA and OMB said that all agencies must begin to manage their records, including emails, in electronic format by the end of the decade. The directive also requires each agency to designate a high-ranking agency official to oversee its records management programs and to ensure that all appropriate staff receive records management training.”

via National Archives

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Rutgers–Newark Law Library Releases Digital Transcripts and Final Report of Lilley Commission on 1967 NJ Civil Disorders

“Forty-five years ago this month, Governor Richard J. Hughes established the Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorder to examine the causes of the civil unrest that occurred in July 1967 in Newark and other New Jersey cities, including Plainfield, Jersey City, Englewood and New Brunswick, and to make recommendations for change. The 10-member commission was chaired by Robert D. Lilley, president of New Jersey Bell Telephone (later president of AT&T). via Rutgers–Newark Law Library

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N.Y. court administrators seek comment on e-filing proposal

Reuters – “New York state court administrators are seeking public comment on a handful of proposed rules, including a measure that would make certain types of electronically-filed court documents more accessible to the public. The proposal would remove a designation of “secure” from certain e-filed documents, including requests for judicial intervention, bills of costs and proofs of service. Currently, any document labeled “secure” is not made available to the public via the internet, though hard copies are available at county courthouses for cases that have not been sealed.”

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