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In response to the recent local press coverage of "Sunshine Week," the Chelmsford Police Department held a public records seminar on 4/4/07. The seminar was led by Rebecca Murray, an attorney in the Public Records Division of the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office.
The seminar outlined generally what kind of information is available to the public, and how MA government offices should interact with the public when information is requested.
The library was given a copy of A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law [pdf], which answers most public records questions. However, some highlights from the seminar are below (and on our Public Records handout [pdf]):
Library staff can assist patrons in requesting public records, but we have no more right to access them than the general public. Although we may assist in locating the office that holds particular records, it is best if the patron makes the request for records directly. Additional information about this process can be answered by the Public Records Division.
Library Records as Public Records
This is also covered by the library's policy on Providing Patron Information. Requests for non-patron records will be handled along the guidelines above and in A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law publication.
If you have questions on this, or would need help requesting public records, please contact the Reference Desk.
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To promote our One Book Chelmsford community reading program, featuring Richard Russo's book Empire Falls, the Library is using banners to get the word out.
As you drive around town (especially in the Town Center and around Vinyl Square), keep an eye out for the banners (or check out some photos in the Library's flickr account).
And, keep an eye on the Library's One Book Chelmsford programs webpage, for upcoming One Book Chelmsford events. These include live music in the coffeehouse, book discussions, lectures and talks, walking tours, and more.
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Come to the Coffeehouse @ The Library and listen to songs inspired by the mill towns of Lowell, sung by local singer/songwriters! Free and open to the public!
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