Call for Awards Nominations

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 CIMA Awards. Five awards will be presented at the joint SSA/CIMA Conference in Tucson, Arizona, in May 2019. The CIMA Awards Committee will be presenting the following awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Service Award, Mentor Award, Archival Projects Award, and Innovator Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by the peers and colleagues of the recipients, the prestigious CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession or for significant continued support of the archival community and its institutions. Nominees must have demonstrated strong leadership and advanced scholarship on both regional and national levels. Last year’s recipient was Patricia Smith-Mansfield, former State Archivist for the state of Utah and Director of the Utah State Archives and Records Service.

Required for nomination: Nomination letter, CV or resume of nominee
Optional: Up to two (2) supporting letters of recommendation

Service Award
The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions in recent years to the CIMA organization, to the archival institutions of the intermountain region, or to the archival profession. The award is given in appreciation for service, leadership, and support of the region’s archival community. Nominees must have demonstrated an inspirational spirit and have worked to build a career based on service. However, nominees of the CIMA Service Award may not have yet achieved many of the career milestones required for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient was Todd Welch, Associate Dean of Special Collections at Utah State University.

Required for nomination: Nomination letter, CV or resume of nominee

Mentor Award
In connection with the newly re-established CIMA Mentoring Program, the Mentor Award celebrates those CIMA Members who strive to help cultivate career development in the archival community, and who have worked with students or new professionals to build professional knowledge and expertise within the next generation.

Criteria:
● Advocates for students and/or new professionals
● Provides guidance in professional development and self-assessment
● Helps students and/or new professionals build a professional network through collaborations and introductions
● Demonstrates sustained commitment to creating a productive working environment that enhances the archive work experience

Required for nomination: Nomination letter (500 words or fewer)
Optional: Up to two (2) supporting letters of recommendation (500 words or fewer)

Archival Projects Award
This award recognizes an archivist, group of archivists, repository, or organization that worked on an archival project which has significantly benefited or impacted its community, the archival profession, or the intermountain region.

Criteria:
● The work must have taken place within three years of the nomination
● The work does not need to be completed, but must have advanced sufficiently to demonstrate results

Required for nomination: Nomination letter (500 words or fewer)
Optional: Final product or other documentation of the project such as photographs, a brochure, or a website.

Innovator Award
The Innovator Award recognizes an archivist, group of archivists, repository, or organization in the intermountain region that has demonstrated creativity or innovation in their work, resulting in an improved work process, program, event, or product.

Criteria:
● Applies creativity or innovation in approaching professional challenges
● Thinks outside of professional or institutional norms
● Translates creativity, innovation, and new thinking into working solutions

Required for nomination: Nomination letter (500 words or fewer)

Nomination and selection process
Nominations must be submitted by a CIMA member; however, nominees do not have to be members of CIMA. All members are encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may remain anonymous.

The final deadline for submission is March 15, 2019. Please submit letters of nomination and appropriate documentation to chelsee.boehm@hotmail.com. Additional materials that are not listed as required or optional will not be considered. Award recipients (and nominators) will be notified by April 10, 2019.

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