Karen Jones Elected FIAF Honorary Member

On 28 April 2022 in Budapest, the FIAF General Assembly elected Karen Jones as FIAF Honorary Member by an overwhelming majority.

In the early 1970s, Karen Jones, then Head of Documentation at the Danish Film Museum and Vice-President of the FIAF Documentation Commission, played a key role in the development of a central periodicals indexing system which became the Periodicals Indexing Project (P.I.P.) in January 1972. She acted as the first P.I.P. Editor in 1972 (working from Copenhagen) and was reinstated in May 1974 (while taking a one-year of leave of absence from the Danish Film Museum) to set up a new central office in London. In May 1975 she returned to Copenhagen but she remained active in the FIAF Documentation Commission until 1989. In 1977, she organized and hosted the third FIAF Summer School in Copenhagen, on the theme of documentation. In 1982, she received the BFI Special Award (with Michael Moulds) for the International Index to Film Periodicals on behalf of the Documentation Commission, and conducted the first P.I.P. indexing workshop (together with Michael Moulds and Frances Thorpe) at the BFI. In 2006 she retired from the Danish Film Institute (with which the Danish Film Museum had merged in 1997).

In recent years she has maintained a close connection with FIAF and the Periodicals Indexing Project, and she is in the process of transferring her personal collection of FIAF-related documents to the FIAF Historical Archive in Brussels.

She joins Robert Daudelin, David J. Francis, Wolfgang Klaue, Edith Kramer, Peter Kubelka, Vladimir Opela, Eva Orbanz, and Roger Smither, in the exclusive club of FIAF Honorary Members.