Former University Archivist Receives Jamaican National Award

John A. Aarons, Order of Distinction (Commander class)

John A. Aarons, Order of Distinction (Commander class)

John Aarons has been appointed to the Order of Distinction, Commander Class!!

Mr Aarons was appointed a member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander Class for his “sterling contribution in the field of library, archives, records management, preservation, and disaster preparedness theory, policies and practice” during celebrations of Jamaica’s 53rd anniversary of independence.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, acting in accordance with the regulations made under the Jamaica National Honours and Awards Act, and on the advice of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, named John and 37 other distinguished persons to the Order during ceremonies held at King’s House, to mark the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom in  1962. The official presentation will take place on National Heroes’ Day,  which is being celebrated on October 19, 2015.

Mr Aarons has led a distinguished career serving as Government Archivist of Jamaica, Executive Director of the National Library of Jamaica and finally as University Archivist of The UWI.  In retirement, John continues to serve the profession as Coordinator for the new Master of Arts degree programme in Archives and Records Management, in the Department of Library and Information Studies, UWI Mona.  John is one of the key architects of this degree programme, with some courses being offered this academic year (2015-2016). This graduate degree will be the first formal archival and records management education programme of its kind in the Caribbean.

Insignia of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class image courtesy: jis.gov.jm

Insignia of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class
image courtesy: jis.gov.jm

We congratulate him on this most deserving national recognition! Congratulations Mr John A. Aarons, C.D.

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