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Time is running out in the countdown to full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, and a new practical ...
Time is running out in the countdown to full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, and a new practical guide provides the reader with all the information they need to make sure they can comply with the new law in the most efficient manner possible. Published by Facet Publishing (the publishing house of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), Freedom of Information: a practical guide to implementing the Act covers both preparing for the new law, and implementing systems to ensure compliance.

'This book takes its title very seriously; it is a practical guide to the implementation of Freedom of Information Act 2000,' says author Kelvin Smith, an expert at the National Archives. 'Its combination of descriptions, checklists, models and practical examples will enable all those involved in the discharge of this important enactment to do so without fear or worry.'

The book avoids describing freedom of information in legal terms, Mr Smith says. Instead it focuses on implementing the Act from a user's point of view, pointing the reader to those parts of the Act that will affect implementation procedures.

'When preparing for the Act, you need to think about things like staffing infrastructure, action planning, records management and training,' he adds. 'And when actually implementing it, people will need to look at their use of IT, and their systems for logging data and handling requests.'

Full of checklists and toolkits, the book comes with free downloadable training materials. It also includes an examination of how FOI links with other legislation such as Data Protection and Human Rights. It's essential reading for all in public services work, particularly those involved in customer enquiries, record keeping and policy making.

Key areas covered include:

- background to the Act

- the legislation

- exemptions

- publication schemes

- enforcement and appeal

- records management

- data protection, human rights and other legislation

- staffing and training

- getting ready for Freedom of Information.

Freedom of Information: a practical guide to implementing the Act by Kelvin Smith.

Facet Publishing, May 2004. 200pp, hardback. 1-85604-517-X.£39.95. (20% discount for members of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.)


CILIP 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

Facet Publishing is the publishing arm of CILIP. It is a highly successful leading international publisher of books for the information profession, and recognizes the importance of providing dynamic, relevant and up-to-date books for information professionals wherever they may be. For further information on Facet Publishing titles, either follow links from or go direct to

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