As most government COVID-19 regulations were removed at the end of February 2022, the EAC staff was excited to be able to return to the office. As of March, volunteers and researchers were also allowed on the premises. The staff was eager to see volunteers again and reconnect with them. Our lively lunchtime discussions are back, as is unlimited chocolate!
2022 is the year of data migration at the EAC. As I write this letter, we are in the middle of migrating data to a new collection management system. This is a rather complex and time-consuming project, and we are lucky to have the support of a former EAC volunteer who has in-depth knowledge of such migrations and systems. The project is underway, and we are already excited to see the new possibilities and opportunities this migration creates for the users of our collection and the EAC. And we will need the help of more volunteers to implement them. If you are interested in joining the team of our volunteers, please check our website for new openings. We are looking for new volunteers!
Since opening the office to researchers, the EAC has received a continuous stream of research requests and has welcomed several researchers on our premises. We hope that this trend continues. Get in touch if you are interested in doing research with us or applying for an internship!
Staff changes continued to take place in 2022. The EAC welcomed Sascha Hutchings as our new Office Manager. She has been a quick learner and fits very well into our team. This meant that we had to say goodbye to Fadime Uzun. We are grateful for everything she has done for the EAC. We will miss Fadime and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours!
The EAC also said goodbye to Elizabeth Emmerson, the EAC Board Advisor. Her sound advice and expertise were instrumental in many of EAC’s decisions. We wish Elizabeth all the very best on her retirement!
The summer vacation period will slow down some of our projects, but we will continue to work hard on the data migration. We will let researchers test our new collection management system as soon as it is operational.
On behalf of everyone at the EAC, I wish you a safe and happy summer!