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Laurier Library celebrates 10,000th image in Archives’ digital collection
The Laurier Library celebrated the addition of the 10,000th image to its digital collection in a Feb. 14 event, Storied Past, Digital Future.
Approximately 70 guests, including staff, students, alumni, donors, and community members were on hand for a Valentine’s Day show of affection for the Library, the Archives and the digital collection, which safeguards Laurier’s institutional memory and makes it available to the world.
“I myself am a regular user of the digital collection in my preparations for speeches and presentations,” said Laurier President Dr. Max Blouw, who addressed the event. “This is a crucial resource for Laurier, and a means for us to unify our past, present and future as an institution.”
The image selected as the 10,000th to be added to the collection features a group of Laurier Ambassadors, the students who welcome visitors and prospective new students to the Laurier campuses, posing with the centennial statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the university’s Waterloo campus.
The image, which was taken in the summer of 2012, has now been added to the digital collection, which can be viewed on-line at http://images.ourontario.ca/Laurier/.
“The Archives is a unique resource for Laurier, with the potential to become a research destination for scholars from all over the world,” said Gohar Ashoughian, Laurier’s university librarian. “We are excited for the future, and are looking forward to working with all of you to do great things together and help the university to achieve its goals.”
Archives and Special Collections, a department of the Laurier Library, is located on the lower level of the Waterloo campus Library building. The University Archives is the repository for historic records of the university and its predecessors Waterloo Lutheran University and Waterloo College, as well as the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The materials document student life, research, teaching and learning, the physical campus, and the administration of the university.
Special Collections is the library's research collection of primary documents. The collection focuses on the Environment (with an emphasis on water resources, Canada's North, and biosphere reserves in Canada); the history of Lutheranism in Canada; and the history of Kitchener-Waterloo.
The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room is open to the public and welcomes researchers from the Laurier and wider communities.
"Every item in an archival collection is a piece of the puzzle: useful on its own, but most illuminating in context," said Julia Hendry, archives and special collections librarian. “We hope that by highlighting the 10,000th image we will also encourage members of the Laurier community to delve into the collection, which taken as a whole has an enormous amount to tell us about the history and culture of our university.”
Nicholas Dinka, Laurier Library