I am happy to announce the plans for CIMA’s 2009 Spring Meeting have been completed. This important conference will convene in Provo, Utah on Thursday and Friday; May 14th and 15th. We are excited to be using two different venues in Provo: The Provo City Library will host activities on Thursday, and BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library will host activities on Friday.
Our Program Committee has worked diligently to provide a full and worthwhile program, following the theme “Embracing Our Past & Charting Our Future.” I assure you, this will be a conference that you will not want to miss. The nation’s current financial crisis, and it’s devastating impact on our profession and our region, will be at the heart of this year’s program.
Unfortunately, these are hard times for many of our members. This year, more than ever, travel budgets have been cut across the board. That is why, everyone involved has worked to make this year’s meeting as affordable as possible. As a result of their hard work, The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists represents one of the best values in the archival profession.
Since 2005, our group has met in a number of locales far and wide, including Las Vegas and Colorado Springs. Next year’s joint-meeting in Seattle will continue that trend. So, we felt it was important, that this year, we meet at the center of our membership population in Utah, cutting travel costs for many people.
In addition, we are happy to announce that we have expanded the number of grants and scholarships available to help people attend our Spring Meeting this year. Along with the Steve Wood CIMA Meeting Scholarship, we also have available the CIMA Conference Registration Grants and the CIMA Travel Grants. It does not matter if you are new to the group, or a life-long veteran; if you have a financial need, and if you want to attend, I encourage you to apply for a grant or scholarship.
Of course, something like this can not take place without many dedicated people volunteering their time. I would like to thank the Local Arrangements Committee and Program Committee for their efforts. However, as great as they are, they still need your input. While filling out the registration form, please take a few minutes to fill out the online conference survey. This will only help them to serve you better.
Finally, as important as preserving history is to our profession; keeping mindful of our future is just as important. Our future is within your hands, and it is my belief that CIMA and our profession has a bright future. I cordially invite you to come to our meeting, to participate, and to share your ideas.
I look forward to visiting with you in Provo.