Published: Oct. 26, 2020

This is a special audio documentary affiliated with Opentober, a month-long celebration of open access at the University Libraries—and a reminder that we as citizens have the right to an open and responsive system of government for the welfare and wellbeing of the communities they represent.

The University Libraries understand that elections are pivotal to the quality of our country's governance. To have an open government means that all citizens have the right to access the documents and government proceedings, allowing for effective public oversight and a healthy democracy. But research has shown that over the years, people have become increasingly concerned that they no longer have access to the information they need to effectively participate in the democratic process.

On this episode of CU at the Libraries, Scholarly Communication Librarian Melissa Cantrell investigates what constitutes an open and transparent government, where this societal concern is coming from and why advocating for an open government at this moment in U.S. history is both unique and important. 

The University Libraries strive to support an information-empowered world and your right to vote. Additional election day resources are available through the Government Information Library