However, owning a personal computer with stable internet access was not common in 1990s or even early 2000s. Students would use desktops in the Slide Library (renamed as the Fine Arts Resource Centre in 2002), beginning to rely on this new in-house system for revision. Stepping into 2010s, the Department’s slide collection and FAIVA faced greater challenges. When Dr. Carolyn Muir retired in 2013 and Professor David Clarke in 2017, with no other teaching faculty using physical slides in class anymore, the 180,000+ slides finally came to their retirement as well. FAIVA had to go through several make-overs and structural updates in order to cater for users who have grown increasingly comfortable with technology.
At this moment in time, FAIVA is still up and running. There are new directions to be tested out in the near future. Hopefully, the latest technology is going to help make the best out of these existing records and allow more people to recognize their value before another visionary project takes off!
[The writing was first published on 12 August 2019, in celebration of the Department’s 40th anniversary]