News Division Roundtable with Public Records Vendors

You know that public records are important to this group of librarians when this 7:30 am session on Mon. drew a full room. With just coffee to keep them going, they expressed their concerns and asked questions about data quality, sources of data and inclusion policies, and pricing. Many wanted clarification of update policies and about content that is no longer being included. Representatives from LexisNexis, ChoicePoint, and infoUSA were surprisingly frank in their comments and promised to get back to individuals if they couldn’t supply an answer. One librarian stood up to thank them for coming and asked if their presence indicated a “new spirit of openness.” Many interesting questions centered on issues of “appropriate use” or “permissible use”—and in what context. In the light of recent security breaches and fraudulent use of public records data, vendors are beginning a “recredentialing” process. All in all, a very interesting and useful dialogue.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.

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