The University Archives, Mona, moved to its purpose-built archives facility in the Regional Headquarters Building in May 2012. This move provided the Archives staff an opportunity align its structures, services and procedures in line with internationally recognized standards and best practices.
To this end, three bright, energetic and enthusiastic undergraduates from the Mona Campus worked with the staff for the summer months. 605 linear feet of records were processed, reference codes devised and files/items labelled, and finding aids for three main collections of the holdings were automated. 150 linear feet of newly accessioned records were sorted and organised. These records will be processed in due course. Additionally, the students were also introduced to basic concepts of Archives management,such as arrangement and description, function of the Reading Room, and integrated pest management; and the importance of Archives to research and corporate memory.
The students laid the ground work for greater efficiency and better quality reference services. Additionally, they gifted the University Archives with a watercolour painting of themselves. Thanks for the hard work guys!