March 16-22, 2014 was Sunshine Week, a national initiative promoting the importance of open government. It started in 2002 in Florida as Sunshine Sunday and was a response to legislative efforts to create exemptions in its public records law. The American Society of News Editors has continued support of Sunshine Week since 2005. Its mission is to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government. Participants include news media, government officials at all levels, schools and universities, libraries and archives, individuals, non-profit and civic organizations, historians, and anyone with an interest in open government.
Salt Lake County is committed to open government and providing access to information. Here at the Salt Lake County Archives, which serves county government, residents, and others interested in the history and function of Salt Lake County government, we preserve historical records and provide access to them for research and education. Open government and access are the foundations upon which archives exist. Many historical records such as county agency publications and reports, commission minutes, and records from elected officials are just some of the governmental records available at the County Archives. In addition, information about GRAMA, the Government Records Access Management Act and Utah’s state records law can be found on our website here.
~Entry contributed by Terry B. Nelson, Director of Salt Lake County Records Management & Archives