I’m very pleased to announce the existence of The BFIS Historical Archive, an online digitized collection of BFIS yearbooks going all the way back to 1986-87. Thanks to the Annual Fund, last year I was able to purchase a library document scanner specifically for the purpose of creating the archive. As you can imagine, it’s quite time-consuming to physically scan every single page of every single yearbook, edit all the scanned images and upload them to the website in an easy-to-browse format. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Bitinas, the Library Assistant, and Cesar Goya, our IT Systems Administrator, since beginning the project last year we now have the school’s first 10 years posted for browsing. It’s a slow process, of course, but I’m hoping to have them all posted within a year or two.
There is a permanent link in the right-hand menu bar of the library page on the school’s website: http://www.bfischool.org/learning/library/.
For reasons of privacy, the archive is only available to current and past community members. When you open the link, you will be required to enter a password. If you’d like the password, please write to me (email@example.com) or Mr. Bitinas (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also call us at BFIS extension 319.
A little history: when I first arrived at BFIS in 2007, the library had a cabinet of the school’s old yearbooks, but a number of the earliest years were missing. By reaching out to the school’s most senior staff members, I have, over the years, managed to fill in all the missing ones, so that I now have one complete set, i.e., at least one copy of the yearbook from every single schoolyear since BFIS first began in 1986-87. Unfortunately, as happens to books over time, the bindings on many of the older ones are in bad condition, so that the pages are falling out, and I’m naturally a little reluctant to loan them out, since for some years in particular, I have the only known school copy. I considered researching book binders here in Barcelona to have some of them rebound, but book rebinding is quite an esoteric field, and it’s also extremely expensive. Despite the time and effort involved, digitizing them was clearly the best solution, because it meant that they would be permanently available to the entire community, and my inclination to be overprotective of the fragile ones is lessened a thousand-fold. My hope is that once all the yearbooks are scanned and posted, we can start adding additional school documents and ephemera from the past, such as newsletters and photographs.