The academic year 1 August 2013- 31 July 2014 was a notable one for us at the University Archives. In August, the Archives expanded when the audiovisual records of the Library of the Spoken Word and the staff of the former Radio Education Unit were transferred to the University Archives. Immediately, our staff complement moved from three to six! In addition our holdings shift from being paper-based to encompassing a diversity of audio tape formats. The University Archives can truly boast of a multimedia holdings.
All things considered, 2013-14 was a productive year. In addition to our daily work duties, we hosted two major events: a live radio broadcast as part of our first “Spoken Word” Open Day and our first online multimedia exhibition for International Archives Day. (Click on links for photographs of events). Additionally the following happened:
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The holdings also grew to include University records of university entities that were sending their valuable records to the University Archives for the very first time.
And in the midst of all this, the winds of change also impacted on the leadership of the Programme. John Aarons enters retirement at the end of this academic year, culminating a tenure that saw the University Archives and Records Management Programme being firmly established in its Policies and Procedures and the University Archives having a wider relevance to the University Community. The UARMAC honoured John Aarons “for his stewardship and leadership” of the Programme as University Archivist. The Archives staff also took the opportunity to celebrate this life milestone and the accomplishments of his tenure on his last day at work.