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Chelmsford has earned recognition for the way it makes Town records and information available to the public through the Town website.
Common Cause Massachusetts annually surveys municipal websites, and is presenting its 2010 e-Government Award to Chelmsford and 180 other cities and towns on Tuesday, March 16 at the State House. The Chelmsford Independent reports,
This program is designed to promote governmental participation of “Sunshine Week,” which highlights the need to make information collected and produced by government agencies, as well as the actions taken by government agencies, known and available to the public.
The Chelmsford Library also strives to make access to information as easy as possible for the public. Please visit and explore the Town's website and the Library's website, and contact Town Offices or the Library's Reference Desk for help locating information.Posted in Resources, Town of Chelmsford | No Comments »
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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