Attend a Free Webcast on Open Government in New York State

New York State Library's Division of Library Development has announced the following webcast on the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and the Open Meetings Law (OML). The laws pertain to the rights of New York State citizens to gain access to government information and to attend meetings of public bodies, respectively.

METRO members are encouraged to take part in this free event.

On Monday September 9, from 11 am to 12 pm, the New York State Library will offer a free one hour webinar by Bob Freeman, Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government. He will provide an overview of the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws and respond to questions.

Bob Freeman has been with the Committee on Open Government since its creation in 1974. He has addressed numerous government, public interest and professional organizations, as well as students of law, journalism, public administration and information science and policy.

The webinar will be archived on the State Library's website at a future date.

Library and system trustees, library directors, library system directors, and staff are encouraged to attend this webinar. The webinar will count as continuing education for New York State Public Librarian Certification.

The link to access this webinar can be found here. Registration is not required.

Before the session, users can click this link to determine if their pc meets the minimum requirements for Blackboard Collaborate. The minimum requirements are listed here.

Please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at if you have any questions about the webinar.