What A Year!!!: An Academic Year in (Photographic) Review

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.

An aisle of audio records...

An aisle of audio records…

Sean Mock Yen, Colleen Jackson and Kwasi Tinglin: valuable additions to the University Archives staff...

Sean Mock Yen, Colleen Jackson and Kwasi Tinglin: valuable additions to the University Archives staff…

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:

Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Alan Cobley visits the University Archives

Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Alan Cobley visits the University Archives

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Sean Mock Yen engaging visiting students

John Aarons teaching

John Aarons teaching a visiting class

A tour of a visiting group of students from another university

A tour of a visiting group of students from another university

The staff in prep mode for International Archives Day 2014

The staff in “Hollywood” mode for International Archives Day 2014

Mrs Joan Grant-Rodney working on the audio cassette collection

Mrs Joan Grant-Rodney working on the audio cassette collection

Mrs Colleen Jackson putting away files...

Mrs Colleen Jackson putting away files…

Dr Stanley Griffin checking on the treatment of pest-infested files...

Dr Stanley Griffin checking on the treatment of pest-infested files…

Mr Kwasi Tinglin and Dr Stanley Griffin making presentations on the university archives

Mr Kwasi Tinglin and Dr Stanley Griffin making presentations on the university archives

Ms Vanessa Lyons starts to tackle some backlog descriptions...

Ms Vanessa Lyons starts to tackle some backlog descriptions…

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert McLean Thompson, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, Jamaica visits the Archives

Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert McLean Thompson, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, Jamaica visits the Archives.

Click here to see more Notable Visitors, 2013-2014

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.

The official University Bible, formerly in use at the University Chapel...

The official University Bible, formerly in use at the University Chapel…

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The University Chapel’s Visitors’ Book…

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.

Mrs Joan Grant-Rodney presents a momento to Mr John Aarons

Mrs Joan Grant-Rodney presents a memento to Mr John Aarons

The Archives Gang, 2014

The Archives Gang, 2014

"John in the Archives" (The Momento)

“John in the Archives” (The Memento)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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