Reynolds-Alberta Museum new home of NAIT’s historic vehicle manuals
EDMONTON – Resources available to vehicle restorers and researchers across Alberta – and all of North America, for that matter – recently became richer, thanks to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Library and the institute’s Automotive Service Technician program.
The polytechnic’s library donated 161 vehicle service manuals to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, AB, last year. The Reynolds-Alberta Museum is currently cataloguing the material.
The manuals were no longer required at NAIT. The Automotive Services Technician program has very specific information needs that are served digitally with resources available in the library.
• The manuals vary from 200 to 600 pages and are from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
• A good selection of the material deals with imports, including Volvo, Nissan and more.
• The Reynolds-Alberta Museum is currently cataloging the manuals.
• The museum’s resource centre is a non-lending research library and houses more than 65,000 documents relating to the museum’s mechanization themes.
Rob Dawson, chair, NAIT Automotive Service Technician program
“We’re happy to see the material find a new home. We want to build relationships with the community, and this was a perfect fit. We want to give back. In our labs, learning is no longer paper-based.”
Christine Loo, collection librarian, NAIT
“Automotive students today are using more of our electronic databases for information and research. The print manuals are an essential archival resource, and I was keen to find a suitable facility that would preserve them. The Reynolds-Alberta Museum was a perfect fit.”
Laurel Neustaedter, curator, Agriculture, Industry and Document Collections, Reynolds-Alberta Museum
“To get such a large donation in such good condition is really valuable for us. Gifts like this help the museum with its own vehicle restorations and serve the car enthusiast community as well.”
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.