Work started in January of this year, when staff from both Records Management and Archives (RMA) and Concordia's Libraries developed a user guide to make sure all the descriptions were consistent. Then the writing and digitization began in earnest.
Easier digital access
“The catalogue is the result of a collaboration — the first one — between my team and the library,” says Marie-Pierre Aubé, director of RMA. “The idea is to break down silos to achieve results. In this case, that meant putting our resources in the same place. It made sense to do it together.”
Today, there is an expectation that everything is digitized, Aubé notes, adding that Nathalie Hodgson, Archives Management lead with RMA, and her team are working to make the most of Concordia’s holdings accessible via the new catalogue.
“That’s something to celebrate, as is our partnership with RMA,” says Guylaine Beaudry, university librarian. “We have 145 special collections, composed of textual records, photographs, audio and video recordings, artwork, maps and more. These unique documents are part of what gives our library a distinct personality.”
Preserving institutional memory
Another key outcome of the new catalogue is reputational — it highlights the history and legacy of the university.
“We are committed to preserving our institutional memory, and the catalogue is an ideal vehicle to further explain the role of Concordia in the development of Montreal, Canada and the world,” says Bram Freedman, vice-president of Development and External Relations, and Secretary-General.
Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon praised the Library and Archives for working together across sectors and cites the catalogue as a working example of one of Concordia’s nine strategic directions — “mix it up”.