The University Archives & Records Management Programme has come to the end of another successful year of service not only to the University, but to the wider community. The highlights of the year include:
- the launching of the Programme website;
- the upgrading of the website of the West Indies Federal Archives Centre at Cave Hill and its integration with the on-line catalogue;
- improvements in the storage facilities of the current and non-current records at St. Augustine Campus;
- the expansion of the Records Centre at Mona;
- an open day and exhibition at the University Archives, Mona, to celebrate International Archives Day, 9 June, 2011, which also marked the first anniversary of the 2010 fire which almost destroyed the Archives;
- activities at the Federal Archives – in collaboration with the Barbados Department of Archives – to commemorate Archives Awareness Month (May);
- the implementation of WebGencat (database system) system at the University Archives, Mona to arrange and describe the holdings beginning with the records of the University College of the West Indies 1947 – 1962.
The year 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the Programme which begun in September 1991 with the appointment of Brian Speirs as the first University Archivist. Beginning at Mona, the Programme was later rolled out at Cave Hill and St Augustine. All university records now come under the ambit of the integrated Archives and Records Management Programme which, by the effective and efficient management of university records, is making its contribution to the governance of the institution.
The Programme thanks all those persons who have read our Blog and viewed our website this year, and urge you – if you have not done so already – to join us on Facebook and follow our development as we move into 2012 – and into a new and exciting phase of activities.