Department of Research and Records (History)
After the 2004 Admin Meeting, the first incarnation of the Department was created under the name Department of Research and Communications. Then, in 2006, the department was split into two new departments, the Department of Research and the Department of Communications. The name was changed back to the Department of Research and Communications in 2009. In 2011, the department’s name was formally changed to the Department of Research and Records to better reflect the range of their duties.
With the creation of the new department, two directors were hired, one for each section of the department. Adriana al'Tere headed Communications, and Lyssandra Darai headed Research. At this point in time, the Tar Valon Times was under the purview of the Director of Communications.
Atarah al'Norahn became the new Director of Research. The goal of 2,500 articles in the Library was passed during this year. The position of Classroom Assistant, then filled by Pip al'Dealys became the moderator of the Classroom forum.
Ismene Gillandred became the new director of the department. The position of Classroom Assistant was renamed Headmaster/Headmistress and was filled by Sephrenia Noita. The Assistant to the Director of Research changed hands from Kyria d'Oreyn to Elia LePhant.
During this year, the department focused on creating new stub articles for topics that had no entry in the Library. The creation of the Wiki for the Library was very successful and saw an influx in visits.
Toral Delvar became the new Assistant to the Director of Research. More stubs were added to the Library, and wiki categorization was expanded during this year. The main page of the wiki was updated highlighting the two main sections of the Library – book content and site content.
During this year, Toral Delvar became the director of the department, and Shara Nevan became the Headmistress. Vivianna L'antreau became the Historian. Eniara Kisharad became the Assistant to the Director of Research and Records. With the addition of the position of Tower Voice to the department, the name was changed back to the Department of Research and Communications, and the Department of Communications was dissolved.
With the creation of the Department of Marketing, the position of Tower Voice was transferred to this new department. The position of Tower Historian became a dual role with two people being hired, Xylina Tyloredrid and Kerna Shedrian. Later in the year, Loira al'Ramoidra replaced Xylina.
The moderation and maintenance of the main book forums was transferred to the Department of Moderators.
Many new additions were added to the Wiki, including extensive pages for each Community Group; information for each Department; pages for Community Events; and community statistics such as the Time Served pages.
The decision was made to formally transfer the site’s “Who’s Who” section to the already established Member Pages in the Library. With the addition of this new duty, the department’s name changed to the current Department of Research and Records.
Member pages were edited to reflect individual histories, including tower positions held, awards won, and events attended.
Job descriptions for every Tower position were added, and the Time Served pages were completed.
With the release of the final book in the Wheel of Time, the department added many new articles to the Library during this year.
The Companion was released during this year, and the Library was specifically referenced in the beginning as an impressive reference of Wheel of Time detail.
The chain of command for the department changed from the Keeper to the Archivist. Toral Delvar became the new Archivist and Kerna Shedrian became the director of the department. Nyavene al'Meer became one of the Tower Historians and Eniara Kisharad took on the role of Events Historian.
With the disbandment of the Department of Administration two of its positions were added to the department – the Annual Reports Project Manager and the Membership Survey Project Manager. There were a few changes to the Historian positions, as Jeffan Caliarthan replaced Bryher as Tower Historian, and Sailea Nerid became the Awards Historian.
Tallan Daar was chosen as the new Director of the Department of Research and Records in September of this year. Elia LePhant replaced Nyavene as Tower Historian, and Imzadi Hopewind became the new Events Historian.