Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sarah Jennings interviewed on National Arts Centre History in LAC Signatures Series

It was a pleasure on Monday to attend a fascinating event in the new LAC Signatures Series with Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada interviewing Sarah Jennings. The topic, the fonds on the history of the National Arts Centre which she has donated to LAC, includes an extensive collection of audio recordings of interview conducted with people who have been involved with NAC over the years.

The content was rich, it would be an injustice to attempt to summarize her insights into how things got accomplished, and sometimes didn't. A recording, with French interpretation, and possibly a transcript, will be posted in a few months.

Sarah Jennings gave a shoutout for libraries and archives, lauding those she received help from over the years, mentioning the British Library, the Colindale Newspaper Library and the BBC archives as well as LAC. She especially appreciated staff who went out of their way to facilitate her access to materials. She praised the fact that she didn't have to be a scholar or academic to get access, which is also the case with LAC, and is why she was happy to make the donation of materials that she did without restriction on access so that others could benefit as she did in the past.

Photo of Sarah Jennings via Tweet from Zeïneb Gharbi ‏@z_gharbi

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