Dear colleagues and friends,
After a very busy three years, my term as President is drawing to a close. As I am not standing for a second term, allow me to briefly sum up all that has been accomplished in that time.
As I am sure you know, AVICOM is an organization that relies on everyone’s generosity in order to meet its objectives. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this specialized committee focusing on such a topical and promising sector. First of all, the members of the Board of Trustees who helped me balance the committee’s books and everyone who helped me organize the AVICOM 2012 conference in Montréal. I am thinking of the Canadian granting agencies, without which the project would never have been possible, and a number of private companies, including Québecor. At the risk of repeating myself, I am convinced that the 2012 conference will mark a turning point in the discussion concerning the role of technology in dynamic archiving, conservation and communication.
The FIAMP was another highlight of the AVICOM 2012 conference, with Moment Factory orchestrating the award ceremony.
The second major task facing me was the need to quickly move the AVICOM archives. For a number of years, the Musée de la Marine, in Paris, had kindly housed the committee. However, renovations forced us out of that small space. At the last minute, with the help of Bibliothèques et archives du Québec, in Montréal, we were able to send the documents to the Bibliothèque de France, which had recently acquired premises outside Paris. This is a very important issue, because the holdings include some highly valuable copies of documents submitted to the FIAMP over the years. Even though the technology to view some of this material is no longer available, a major archiving undertaking will be required to assess this rich collection. This will be a challenge for the next AVICOM executive.
Finally, as AVICOM President, I wanted to ensure that the committee was actively involved with ICOM International and other specific committees, including CECA and ICOM Italy. Accordingly, I travelled to Tunis, Rio de Janiero and Gatineau, Quebec, to talk about our mandate and our vision for the future.
Before leaving AVICOM, I want to salute ICOM International for supporting my vision of this specialized working group. AVICOM is a platform for reflection much more than a showcase for technological advances. It is a cross-disciplinary committee par excellence, offering museologists in practically every sector inspiration in their efforts to develop new target audiences and share scientific knowledge, to name only two aspects of its work.
By way of conclusion, I would invite you to consult the various sections of the site for a better look at the individuals who are interested in taking up the mantle. There are a number of them and they are all eager to contribute.
Their achievements point to a bright future for AVICOM. The election process will be democratic, because you will be choosing the candidates you feel are best able to represent you. I urge you to vote and to get involved. We cannot leave AVICOM to just a few individuals. The stakes are too high.
In closing, I want to thank everyone for placing your trust in me.
My very best wishes for 2014.
Manon Blanchette Ph.D.