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Providing Access to Your Records

Providing access to records to the public is a frequent occurrence at local governments and state agencies. This workshop will discuss access responsibilities such as making information available while protecting the records at the same time. Information will also be provided on the use of FOIL (Freedom of Information Law), the Patriot Act and FERPA (Family Rights and Privacy Act).

This workshop will

  • Define access and its value
  • Review physical vs. intellectual access
  • Determine when access is allowable
  • Discuss how to provide a functional research area
  • Identify types of researchers
  • Assist in handling challenging researchers
  • Offer access options such as reformatting and donating or depositing records
Workshop Type: Classroom Training
Intended Audience: Historical Records Repositories, Local Governments, State Agencies

Workshop Handouts: PDF icon workshops_handouts_access.pdf


For more information on this workshop, or to request this workshop in your area, please contact us at archtrain@nysed.gov.