Public Records Argle-Bargle at the University of Oregon Archives: Librarians on Hot Seat?

If you’ve not been following the news about the University of Oregon archives “leak,” now is the time to start catching up.

Library workers under scrutiny for leak of 22,000 UO documents: Meanwhile, documents leaked to a professor were not returned by the UO’s deadline,” by Diane Dietz, The Register-Guard, Jan. 23, 2015

The Oregonian and the Register Guard have been posting stories. So has U of O blogger, Professor Harbaugh, at his UO Matters: The Unofficial Organ of the University of Oregon blog, which has links to the news stories.

Make sure you know and understand all the facts, and the relevant law, before jumping to any conclusions. Remember:

The lesson of that first day in kindergarten was re-taught to me throughout my life: If you think you’re pretty smart, you’re not talking to enough people.” Cameron, Bruce, “The Smartest Guy in an Empty Room,” Funny Times, September 2013, p. 3.

Oregon Attorney General’s 2014 Public Records and Meetings Manual

The  Oregon Attorney General’s 2014 Public Records and Meetings Manual is available for viewing and purchase.  (The last edition was published in 2011.)

Please visit the ODOJ website for information on downloading and ordering options.

PI Buzz: SSDI, Online Photo Matching, Finding Military Personnel, and More

I missed PI Buzz while it was on hiatus and am glad to see Tamara is back in the blogging saddle, but maybe not on a punishing schedule that keeps her from blogging. Her posts are useful and educational and even if she posted just once a month many of us would be grateful.

PI Buzz

Diamonds, and Twitter, are Forever: Tweet Archive Joins other Internet Archives

Politwoops: “Deleted Doesn’t Mean Inaccessible: Search and Access Deleted Tweets By Politicians,” from the 4/29/13 LJ InfoDocket post by Gary Price.

Internet Archive

(Priceless Meanderings: Diamonds are Forever (Fleming & Bond) and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (Loos and Monroe) and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Lennon and McCarthy) and Tweety Bird (of course!).)

Freedom of Information (FOI) Day, March 15, 2013

Read about FOI Day at the Newseum, to commemorate the (March 16th) birthday of James Madison.

Federal Freedom of Information Act.

How to file a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request.

How to file an Oregon Freedom of Information Act Request: Oregon Department of Justice and Open-Oregon.

Court of Appeals: Oregon Retains Public Recording Requirement in Nonjudicial Foreclosures (MERS not a Substitute)

Update: See “Oregon Supreme Court will tackle MERS foreclosure issues,” by Brent Hunsberger, The Oregonian, July 19, July 20 (print edition), 2012.

For the decision AND an overview of Oregon’s nonjudicial foreclosure laws:

Rebecca Niday v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC (A147430) (from Clackamas County Circuit Court)

A summary can be found at the OJD Media Release website (Click on Court of Appeals, then July 18, 2012.) Excerpt from the Media Release:

In Oregon, a trustee may foreclose a trust deed by advertisement and sale–also known as nonjudicial foreclosure–only if the beneficiary of the trust deed has publicly recorded “any assignments of the trust deed” in the county mortgage records. Today the Court of Appeals held that using Mortgage Electronic Registry Systems, Inc. (MERS) as the nominal “beneficiary” and its private database for tracking beneficial interests in trust deeds does not satisfy the public recording requirement of Oregon’s nonjudicial foreclosure law….” [Link to full case.]

Link to the full case: Rebecca Niday v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC

Link to other Oregon Court of Appeals cases.

Link to other Oregon Court opinions.

Updated Definition of an Oregon Public Record

The Oregon Legislature passed 2011 HB 2244, re definition of a public record, and it was signed by the Governor on August 2, 2011:
Effective Date:  August 2, 2011.  Chapter: 645 (2011 Laws).
Relating to public records; creating new provisions; amending ORS 192.005 and 192.502; and declaring an emergency….”  (HTML and the PDF version of the enrolled bill.)
Includes an expanded definition of public record and new public records policy requirements.
Link to the Oregon Legislature’s website for more information.

You can also find the Oregon Public Records Manual at the Department of Justice website.