Maxie Hayles' deposited copies of 'Taking it to the Max' in the Jamaica National Library. This is a national act that requires publishers to deposit copies of their work with the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) within two months of publication.
The launch was facilitated by the Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange. She went on to say:
"Artistes of all respects, you should make an effort to make your legal deposits of your work. Any national publisher who fails to comply with the regulations of the act commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction before a resident magistrate to a fine not exceeding $50,000, and I am tempted to go and ask for the law to be amended to say not less than $50,000. This is in your interest, in particular the archiving of audio recordings and film is critical to the development of our creative industries. Housing such a collection in one central space encourages scholarship and ensures historical accuracy,"
A number of recording artistes and authors were invited to make legal deposits. They included Carlene Davis, who handed over a vinyl copy of her very first album Paradise, which was recorded in 1984. She also presented a copy of her anti-apartheid hit single Winnie Mandela to the NLJ. Artistes Makonnen, Iyah Gift, and Garnett Silk Jr also made deposits of their work. Writers Maxie Hayles, Natalie Corthesy, and Barbara Blake Hannah also deposited.
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission also made a deposit to the collection of the NLJ. See pictures below.