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Robert Bailey UC Berkeley looks back on crucial records work in Newfoundland and Labrador

Robert Bailey UC Berkeley looks back on crucial records work in Newfoundland and Labrador
Robert Bailey UC Berkeley looks back on crucial records work in Newfoundland and Labrador

Records consultant Robert Bailey UC Berkeley reflects on his work for the Canadian government while stationed in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

A veteran of the world of records management, Robert Bailey UC Berkeley has lived and worked across large swathes of the world, including spending a number of years in the global financial center of Singapore, Southeast Asia. Elsewhere, Bailey has also spent time in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, working for the country’s government alongside the Office of the Chief Information Officer at The Ohio State University. Looking back, Robert Bailey UC Berkeley reflects upon his time there during which he undertook vital records work amid Atlantic puffin birds, whales, and floating icebergs.

“I had just completed an across-Canada driving vacation between Vancouver and Nova Scotia when I accepted the offer of a job working for the Canadian government alongside the Office of the Chief Information Officer at The Ohio State University,” explains Bailey, a records specialist, and former registrar and director of admissions at UC Berkeley in California.

After traveling from Vancouver to Nova Scotia and back as part of a cross-country driving vacation, Robert Bailey UC Berkeley found himself stationed in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, completing crucial records work on behalf of the country’s government.

A famous island and the most populous part of the province, Robert Bailey UC Berkeley was based on Newfoundland. “East of the coast of North America’s mainland, Newfoundland is known by most Canadians simply as ‘The Rock,’” reveals Bailey.

Robert Bailey UC Berkeley would spend two years on the island, working for the Canadian government as a records consultant at the Office of the Chief Information Officer at The Ohio State University’s base on Newfoundland. Just three months after his across-Canada driving trip, happenstance saw Bailey back on Canadian soil. His work, in fact, would take Robert Bailey UC Berkeley to one of the few parts of the country not taken in on his earlier cross-country trip.

“While on my driving vacation, I opted not to visit Newfoundland because, with the ferry ride, it would’ve meant an extra three days of travel,” he explains. “As it would turn out, however, just months later, I was flying directly into St. John’s,” Bailey continues, “the island’s largest city and capital to undertake crucial work in records management for the government.”

The winters on Newfoundland, he says, were particularly tough. “The winters were especially harsh,” explains the records consultant, “and I often found myself going to sleep in the evening to the sound of the snowplows constantly running.”

Still, he says, it remains one of his most memorable and best work assignments to date. “During my time in Newfoundland and Labrador, I sailed around the floating icebergs, enjoyed whale watching, and participated in regular stream fishing,” reveals Robert Bailey UC Berkeley.

Robert Bailey UC Berkeley also spent time watching the many thousands of Atlantic puffin birds and taking in an abundance of other wildlife, too. “What’s more, the work itself was also extremely interesting,” he notes, “and focused largely on the transition between paper and electronic records.”Bringing decades-worth of paper records into the modern, digital age, Robert Bailey UC Berkeley was able to reduce the quantity of paper documents on file significantly. “A job well done, working in Newfoundland and Labrador was an experience of a lifetime,” he adds, wrapping up, “and I recommend anyone visit the famous island of Newfoundland, in particular, if they’re ever given the chance.”

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