The main activity during this month was the arduous task of packing up the collection and moving it to new temporary premises on West Road on the campus and for organizing the materials in its new location. Since the new location was a former three bedroom house, the shelves had to be configured for the new space and even the cupboards were used to house records.
Visit to Haiti
Between July 11 and 17, John Aarons went to Haiti as the leader of a three member team to conduct workshops in basic preservation and conservation techniques at the National Library and National Archives of Haiti. This was a component of the assistance programme of UWI, Mona to Haiti following the earthquake in order to help safeguard Haitian heritage. As one of the workshops was held at the National Archives, he was able to tour the building housing the National Archives (which fortunately suffered little structural damage) and to assess the preservation challenges facing the staff as they tried to recover from the devastating earthquake. (See FOCUS ON HAITI: THE UWI-MONA HAITI INITIATIVE)