Hi Everyone,

Re. below is a recent note on some FOI developments in the UK and what their
librarians are doing about it.

For your information, this coming May, there will be a pre-conference
session (May 26th) at APLA on the new world of Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) and the Protection of Personal Information
and Electronic Data Act (PIPEDA): Implications for libraries and information
services. The session will be co-sponsored by CASLIS Atlantic and the Nova
Scotia Public Library. More information on this and other sessions will be
distributed in the coming weeks.


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Subject: [CPI-UA] United Kingdom Freedom of Information Guide Launched
Online by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information

January 4, 2005 News Release

Information professionals essential to help people make the most of new
Freedom of Information law

Online guide launched to coincide with introduction of new legislation on 1

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has
launched a guide to Freedom of Information resources on the web. Timed to
coincide with the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act on 1
January 2005, the guide provides links direct to the Government departments
and regulators involved, as well as to the relevant UK legislation and to
FOI law in other countries.

"Information professionals are well placed to offer help on freedom of
information issues," says Guy Daines, Head of Policy & Governance at CILIP.
"Whether dealing with the public in local libraries, or supporting their own
client users in business and industry, public bodies, law firms or the
health sector, they will be in the front line for enquiries on what the new
law will mean and where to go for advice."

Freedom of Information in the UK is a complex issue with many potential
pitfalls, CILIP warns. "For example, there is a separate Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 that also comes into force on 1 January
2005," Mr Daines continues. "It has many similarities to the general UK Act
but also important differences, notably in the way the 'public interest'
test for exemptions is implemented and in the appeal mechanisms provided
under the Act."

CILIP's Freedom of Information Panel has been analysing the implications of
FOI for members of the Institute (the largest membership body for library
and information professionals in the UK) and for the services they provide,
and it made a series of recommendations in a report to the Institute's
governing Council last December.

"The Freedom of Information Act is one of the most important developments
for the information professions," the Panel concluded. "It provides
opportunities for information professionals to strengthen their roles in
their organisations, but there is a risk that responsibility for its
delivery can be located away from our members, with adverse effects on the
safe operation of the request management system."

CILIP's new FOI web resource also includes links to the Environment
Information Regulations 1992, which are currently being revised, and to the
Data Protection Act 1998 on the Information Commissioner's site. "These are
other key pieces of legislation governing access to information," Mr Daines
adds. "Many enquiries will have elements that will have to be dealt with
under more than one of these pieces of legislation."

Also included are links to other organisations and associations with an
interest in FOI, as well as guidance on further publications, information
and news resources. The full service is available on CILIP's web site at:

...or by following links from <>
to 'Professional guidance, policy and research' and then to 'Freedom of

Contact: Tim Buckley Owen, Head of Membership, Marketing & Media.
Tel: 020 7255 0652
Email: [log in to unmask]

Notes to Editors

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is
the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and
knowledge managers, with around 23,000 members working in all sectors,
including business and industry, science and technology, further and higher
education, schools, local and central government, the health service, the
voluntary sector, national and public libraries. For more information about
CILIP, please go to <> .

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Leo J. Deveau M.Ed., MLIS
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Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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