CIMA 2020 Awards Announced

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), an association of archivist, conservators, historians, and archival professionals in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and New Mexico, announces the recipients of the 2020 CIMA Awards for outstanding service and leadership in the archival profession. Please join us in congratulating these deserving winners!

The 2020 CIMA Service Award goes to Stephanie Milne-Lane. Over her career working for the Boise City Department of Arts & History, Stephanie was hired as the department’s first full-time, professional archivist to preserve and provide access to the city’s historical records. She spearheaded a city-wide inventory of archival records and artifacts, created and enacted a collections management policy, gained complete intellectual and physical control over the collections, and opened up the Arts & History archive for public access in less than three years. In addition to full time work for the City of Boise, Milne-Lane also served as a Governor-appointed member of the Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board, and participated in professional associations, and contributed to the archival/library community in the inter-mountain United States.

Stephanie Milne-Lane earned a Master’s in Applied Historical Research (Public History) from Boise State University in 2012. She earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2019. In addition to working as a consulting historian for many years, she worked as a Project Manager and Historian at Stevens Historical Research Associates. From 2016-2019 she worked as the Arts & History Archivist in the Boise City Department of Arts & History. She currently holds the position of Processing Archivist & Records Manager at Willamette University.

The 2020 CIMA Mentor Award goes to Gina Strack for her many years of mentoring as the Digital Archives Manager at Utah State Archives and Records Service. Strack has been an integral part of the Utah Archives’ volunteer and internship program for many years, impacting numerous student lives through her helpful guidance and hands-on experience to those entering the archival field. She takes time to understand the educational and professional goals of students, and ensures the students’ projects support their individual goals. She understands the importance of hands-on learning, and is an expert in transferring theoretical knowledge into practical applications.

Gina Strack has been at the Utah State Archives and Records Service since 2002. She is the Digital Archives Manager, administers multiple web sites, as well as archival processing of historical materials such as vital records. She is a Certified Archivist, has an MLIS from the University of Washington, and holds a certificate as a Digital Archives Specialist.

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists will honor this year’s award recipients during the annual business meeting held virtually on Friday, May 15, 2020 due to the cancellation of the Western Archivists Meeting in San Francisco, California due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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