Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Freedom of Information Act:what you need to know seminar

To start the New Year, the City Information group (CiG) is holding a joint event with the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) and the Circle of State Librarians (CSL) to examine the Freedom of Information legislation which comes into force on 1st January 2005.

What is this new Act? Who does it apply to? How will it be used? What does this mean to information professionals and vendors alike? To discuss these issues, we have three speakers, each giving us a different perspective and an experienced information professional as Chair, to draw the themes together.

1. Emma Webb, Information Commissioner’s Office, who will explain what FOI is, how it is likely to be implemented and how it could be applied in different fields.
2. Sandy Chalmers, Director of Data Privacy Policy at GlaxoSmithKline who will give a corporate view on how the Act will impact the pharmaceutical industry, but with parallels for other commercial organisations.
3. Government department speaker to be confirmed.

Chaired by
Olivia Freeman, freelance information consultant & trainer, who will lead a discussion on the implications of the Act for vendors, recruitment consultants and information professionals in the private sector.

Date: Tuesday 25th January 2005
Time: Register from 6pm onwards, starting promptly at 6.30pm
Venue: Balls Brothers at the Minster (downstairs), Minster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7PP
Cost: BIALL/CiG/CSL members £15. Non-members £25, payable in advance.
A finger buffet will be served after the seminar. A cash bar will be available.

How to book:
CiG members and anyone booking at the non-member rate can book online here. As we cannot verify membership of other groups online, BIALL and CSL members can only book at the members rate by downloading a booking form and returning it to the CiG Administrator.

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