July 25, 2006

Case Study #4 - It was a dark and stormy night - a saga of the transfer of gubernatorial papers.

Group 4 presented on the issues with regard to the papers/public records and what the statutes said. This was an actual case in VA regarding what "public records" are. They mentioned that a blue ribbon committee could work to get the situation solved so that archiving the governor's records would be properly archived. For libraries, this is a huge challenge on what is addressed on the level of preservation and archiving of public records. It was suggested that in this case, the governor should have taken a position to model the behaviour on the importance of preserving public records and could be done by executive order or some formal process. Winchester Star article.

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