CIMA Council Meeting Minutes Available

August 5, 2014

The minutes from the April 16, 2014 meeting of CIMA Council are available here.

CIMA Newsletter, Summer 2014

July 21, 2014

The latest issue of the CIMA Newsletter has been published and distributed to the CIMA membership (volume 41, issue 2, Summer 2014). In addition, the last issue of the CIMA Newsletter (volume 41, issue 1, Spring 2014) is now available to public. Click here to view the PDF version.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the current publication. The newsletter’s next issue will be published this fall.

If you did not receive the current newsletter but should have; please let us know. We will forward it to you right away.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to the CIMA Newsletter Editor at

Correspondence may also be sent to:

CIMA Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 2048
Salt Lake City, Utah 84110

Job Opportunity–Salt Lake City, Utah

June 11, 2014

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is currently hiring two archivists. Incumbents will be responsible for coordinating and/or acting as a liaison between agency or work unit and other government units; performing descriptive and subject cataloging; consulting with state agencies on problems on cataloging and describing government records; acting as a resource to provide information or determine the most effective way of meeting the needs of management, staff, clients or customers; and providing technical assistance on agency issues, services, program(s), and/or computer hardware and software. Salary for the position starts at between $16.07 – $20.77 per hour, with eligibility for a full benefits package. Applications are now being accepted; the position closes on June 22.

For more information about the positions, and to apply, please contact Rebecca Lisor ( Applications can be submitted online at visit the Utah State University career site at

CIMA Council Meeting Minutes Available

April 30, 2014

The minutes from the January 16, 2014 meeting of CIMA Council are available here.

CIMA 2014 Awards Announced

April 28, 2014

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2014 CIMA Awards. Walter Jones, the Head of Western Americana at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, and John Sillito, emeritus professor of libraries and former University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at Weber State University, are the designated recipients of the 2011 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award. Michael Frazier, Book and Paper Conservator for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries, is the designated recipient of the 2014 CIMA Service Award.

The two honors (the CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award) are bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the inter‐mountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession. The CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award recognizes the work of an entire career, spanning the course of several years. Likewise, the CIMA Service Award recognizes important work and activity, but it is given to someone who may not yet qualify for the Life‐Time Achievement Award. Both awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients. The award recipients will be honored during a reception at the CIMA annual meeting in Carson City, Nevada (May 14‐16, 2014).

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Walter Jones and John Sillito as recipients of the 2014 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award.

Walter Jones photograph Walter Jones has actively and tirelessly nurtured the archival community in the Inter-Mountain Region and the Western United States throughout his archival career. He served as CIMA president in 2005-2006 and was instrumental in the launch of the Western Round-Up joint conferences that began in 2005. He also served as CIMA treasurer from 2007-2012 and on the CIMA Council from 2012-2014. Jones participated in the creation of the CIMA Awards and contributed in funding and launching the Journal of Western Archives.

Jones has served both as the Head of Western Americana and Assistant to the Associate Dean for Special Collections at the University of Utah. He has been a librarian there since 1982. Jones received his M.L.I.S. from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in History from the University of Utah. He is a recognized expert on American Western History and Oil Exploration. As a Veteran, Walter is a noted speaker and collector of literature on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, events in Asia in the 1920s and 1930s, and the French wars in Indo-China. He teaches history classes at the University of Utah on the Vietnam War and teaches the class “American Civilization” at Salt Lake Community College. His publications include A History of the Sand Bar; Derricks and Determination: Oil Exploration in a Portion of Southwestern Wyoming, 1847-1982; and A Window to the World: The First 100 Years of the Natrona County Public Library.

John Sillito photograph John Sillito has been an active member and mentor of CIMA since the organization’s early days. He served as member-at-large from 1975-1981 and was the second chairman of CIMA from 1980-1983. He served on the Council from 2003-2005. Sillito also hosted numerous CIMA events at Weber State University, including the 2006 CIMA Annual Meeting. His dedication, leadership, and vision has inspired his many colleagues in the Inter-Mountain region. He received the Distinguished Archival Career Award from the Utah Manuscripts Association at the 2010 CIMA Fall Caucus.

Sillito served as Archivist at Weber State from 1977 until his retirement in April 2010. He was previously at the LDS Church Archives. A native of Salt Lake City, he has degrees in history and political science from the University of Utah. His publications include A World We Thought We Knew: Readings in Utah History published in 1995 by the University of Utah Press, serving as editor of History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts, 1880-98 and co-authoring with John S. McCormick, A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic, and Decidedly Revolutionary which received the 2012 Best Utah History Book Award. His writings have appeared in such journals as the Utah Historical Quarterly, Sunstone, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

Michael Frazier photograph The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Michael Frazier to receive the 2014 CIMA Service Award. Frazier’s numerous contributions to CIMA have included serving as president from 2009-2010 and being instrumental in the organization and programming of the annual CIMA Nevada Fall Caucus. He is also heavily involved in recruiting sponsors and vendors for the annual meetings and has served on several local arrangement committees, including the one for the 2014 annual meeting. Frazier voluntarily took up the role of conference photographer and documenting CIMA’s history; his photographs were used in celebrating the 40th anniversary of CIMA in 2013. He is a true active, trusted, and reliable member of CIMA and the success of the annual meetings and CIMA Nevada Fall Caucus is largely owed to his work.

Frazier has served as the Book and Paper Conservator for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, where he also worked as a Preservation Assistant at the McFarlin Library. Frazier has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. He has worked on the academic journal Conservation Administration News and has worked towards bringing archival and conservation training programs to the state of Nevada. He teaches a series of book and paper conservation workshops though UNLV’s Continuing Education Division.

DAS Exam Scheduling

April 17, 2014

Many of our members are currently taking coursework to fulfill SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification. A few members have expressed interest in taking the comprehensive exam next time it is offered on August 13, 2014, though the only currently scheduled exam location is in Washington, D.C. However, SAA is willing to host an exam during the same timeframe in any other city that is selected by at least five applicants. If you will be ready to take the exam in August, and might be interested in taking it in Salt Lake City, please email Clint Pumphrey at He would like to gauge the interest in this option so that he and other CIMA members can plan accordingly for the August exam.

SAA Workshop Early Registration Extended

April 16, 2014

The early bird registration deadline for the May 14th SAA DAS workshop, “Appraisal of Electronic Records,” has been extended to this Friday, April 18. The workshop, taught by Mark Myers of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, will review fundamental principles of archival appraisal and appraisal policies, and introduce the unique issues that need to be addressed when appraising electronic records. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register for the workshop go to the SAA website at


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