Conference of
Inter-Mountain Archivists

2023 Annual Conference

“CIMA at 50: Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future”

Date: May 10-13, 2023
Location: Riverwoods Conference Center, Logan, Utah

Join us in person or virtually for the 2023 Conference of Intermountain Archivists annual meeting May 10-13, 2023 in Logan, Utah.  It's a notable year for a couple of reasons. First, we are returning to a traditional four-day conference with a full schedule including pre-conference workshop, presentation sessions, keynote, reception, breakout sessions, business meeting/awards luncheon, dine-arounds, and tours for the first time since 2019. Additionally, we are celebrating our organization’s 50th anniversary, which is reflected in our conference theme: “CIMA at 50: Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future.” We look forward to seeing you there!

Digital Conference Program

Registration Schedule:

  • March 1, 2023: Registration opens (in-person and virtual)
  • April 7, 2023: Early-bird registration ends (in-person only)
  • May 1, 2023: Registration closes for in-person and reception only attendees
  • May 8, 2023: Registration closes for virtual attendees   

Registration Costs


  • Member Early Bird: $160.00
  • Member Regular: $185.00
  • Student Early Bird: $75.00
  • Student Regular: $85.00


  • Virtual Attendee: $75.00

Reception Only

Use this option if you are only attending the reception, or if you are paying for a reception guest separately.

  • Each guest: $30.00

      Travel scholarships are available! See the Funding page for application information.

      Group payment is available; contact to make arrangements.

      Hotels and Transportation

      Conference Hotels:

      Book the CIMA group rate at the following hotels located in the vicinity of the Riverwoods Conference Center:

      • Springhill Suites by Marriott, Logan (connected to the Riverwoods Conference Center)
        635 South Riverwoods Parkway, Logan, 435-750-5180
      • TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Logan (a short walk over a pedestrian bridge to the Riverwoods Conference Center) 
        488 South Main Street, Logan, 435-708-6789

      If prompted for a code, use CMA when making your reservation.

      The group rate will be available until April 25.

      Other Nearby Hotels:

      Transportation from Salt Lake City Airport to Logan:

      • Salt Lake Express provides shuttle transportation from the Salt Lake City Airport to Logan.
        • For an extra $25 fee each way, you can choose "Logan (Door - Door)" service to be dropped off at the Riverwoods Conference Center (615 Riverwood Pkwy, Logan, UT 84321).  
      • If you don't want to use door-to-door service, the closest scheduled stop to the Riverwoods Conference Center is the "Logan (CVTD)" stop. This is the Cache Valley Transit District bus station. You have a few options to get from CVTD to the Riverwoods:
        • You can take a fare-free bus from CVTD to the Riverwoods. Your best bet would be to hop on the Green or Blue Loops, which pick up passengers at CVTD every 15 minutes between 6:15 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Get off at the 670 South Main Street stop, which is in front of the Riverwoods on the east side of Main Street.
        • You can call Cache Cab for a ride 6:00 a.m. to midnight.
        • Uber and Lyft are unreliable in Cache Valley. You may find an active car, but often no one is working.

      Program Schedule

      Wednesday, May 10

      8:30am-9:00am Registration [Grand Reception Hall]

      9:00am-4:30pm Pre-conference Workshop [Cottonwood Room]

      • SAA Workshop: “Managing Digital Records in Archives and Special Collections”

        • Get ready to focus on the skills that administrators and managers—those archivists with oversight over their department or the entire archival enterprise of their institution—need to incorporate digital records management into their archives and special collections. We will discuss both the administrative and technical needs to successfully manage archived digital records, allowing you to make thoughtful and convincing arguments to staff and superiors grounded in knowing what it takes. Link to registration.

      7:30pm-9pm Dine-arounds

      • On your first night in town, let us help you choose dinner!
      • Sign up here to join a group of your colleagues for dinner at a local restaurant.

      Thursday, May 11

      8:00am-9:00am Registration Table Open [Grand Reception Hall]

      9:00am-9:15am Welcome and Acknowledgements [Mahogany Room]

      9:15am-10:30am Plenary Session and Keynote: "History, Healing and Re-story-ation" [Mahogany Room]

      Darren Parry is the former Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. Darren serves on the Utah Humanities and the PBS Utah, Board of Directors. He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. Darren is the author of “The Bear River Massacre; A Shoshone History” and teaches Native American History at Utah State University. He lectures around the country on Native American issues surrounding history and Indigenous views related to sustainability. He recently gave a lecture at the University of Copenhagen and spoke about Indigenous views to Climate and Environment. His passions in life are his wife Melody, 7 children and 17 grandchildren. His other passion is his Tribal family. He wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten.

      10:30am-10:45am Morning Break with Vendors [Grand Reception Hall]

      10:45am-12:00pm Educational Session 1 

      • Session A [live streamed & in the Mahogany Room]

        • “Stewardship of Oral Histories” Trent Purdy, Lisa Duncan (University of Arizona Libraries)

        • “Formalizing Support Structures in Digital Stewardship Practices through the Digital POWRR Peer Assessment Program” Stacey Erdman (University of Arizona)

        • “We’re Bringing Spacers Back: Secondary Processing at Utah State University Archives” Kelly Rovegno, Heather Housley, Paul Daybell, Becky Skeen (Utah State University)

      • Session B [Cottonwood Room]

        • “Donors Behaving Badly: Experiences and Advice for Handling Challenging Donors” Julia Stringfellow (Central Washington University); Ellen Ryan (Idaho State University); Sarah Langsdon (Weber State University)

      12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch on your own

      1:30pm-2:45pm Educational Session 2

      • Session A [live streamed & in the Mahogany Room]

        • “When the First Step is the Hardest: Practical Steps for Implementing a PNAAM Collections Survey” Jessica Maddox (University of Nevada, Reno)

        • “The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Digital Archive Project” Sarah Berry and Darcy Pumphrey (Utah State University)

      • Session B [Cottonwood Room]

        • “Latter-day Saint Church History: Embracing our Global Future” Natalie Johnson Pearmain, Michelle Pollock, Elise Reynolds (Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

      2:45pm-3:15pm Afternoon Break with Vendors [Grand Reception Hall]

      3:15pm-4:30pm Educational Session 3

      • Session A [live streamed & in the Mahogany Room]

        • “Embrace your Organization's Future with Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions” Sean Ferguson (National Endowment for the Humanities)

      • Session B [Cottonwood Room]

        • “The Revised DACS Principles in Action: Applying Modern Practice to Legacy Description” Ryan Lee, Becca Wiederhold (Brigham Young University); Becky Skeen, Paul Daybell, Heather Housley, Kelly Rovegno (Utah State University)

      5:30pm-7:30pm CIMA 50th Anniversary Reception [The Logan Depot]

      Friday, May 12

      8:30am-9:00am Registration [Grand Reception Hall]

      9:00am-10:15am Educational Session 4

      • Session A [live streamed & in the Mahogany Room]

        • "Teaching Archival Research Methods through Projects in Ethnohistory" Veronica L. Denison (Rhode Island College); Alexandra Taitt (Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center); Medeia Csoba DeHass (University of Missouri); Arlene Schmuland (UAA/APU Archives and Special Collections)

          During the spring semester of 2015 and the fall semester of 2016, two cohorts of students at the University of Alaska Anchorage learned archival research skills as part of their methodological training in the course,
          Ethnohistory of Alaska Natives, which subsequently led to the development of further individual research
          projects. As part of the course, students provided metadata to folders within an archival collection. This presentation, based on an article published in the Journal of Western Archives, explores the semester long projects, including the hardships of finding and using culturally appropriate metadata, lessons learned, and the impact the project had on students, the archivist, and instructor. The presenters will also reflect on how this project has since influenced their work.

        10:15am-10:45am Morning Break [Grand Reception Hall]

        10:45am-11:45am Educational Session 5

        • Session A [live streamed & in the Mahogany Room]

          • “Collections as Data in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections” Cory Nimer, Gordon Daines (Brigham Young University)

          • "It's Time for an EAD Glow Up! How to Make Finding Aids More Attractive to Users" Paul Daybell, Liz Woolcott, Kelly Rovegno, Andrea Payant, Becky Skeen, and Heather Housley (Utah State University)

        11:45am-12:00pm Break [Grand Reception Hall]

        12:00pm-1:30pm Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon [live streamed & in the Redwood Room]

        1:30pm-1:45pm Afternoon Break [Grand Reception Hall]

        1:45pm-2:45pm Breakout Sessions

        • Teaching Primary Source Literacy lead by Gordon Daines (Brigham Young University) [Mahogany Room]

        • Developing a “Value-Added Internship Program at Your Institution” lead by Nathaniel Ricks (Clayton State University) [Cottonwood Room]

        • Digital Preservation: Selecting Systems & Tools led by Darcy Pumphrey (Utah State University and James Kichas (Utah State Archives and Records Service) [Cherry Room]

        2:45pm-3:00pm Afternoon Break

        3:00 pm Depart for Tour Location

        • Shuttle transportation will be provided between the Riverwoods Conference Center and the USU campus.

        3:15pm-4:30pm Tour of USU Special Collections & Archives

        4:45pm Return to Riverwoods

        Saturday, May 13

        8:45am-12:15pm Tour of Bear River Massacre Site led by Darren Parry [limited registration spots available]


        Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023

        We have a fun evening planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of CIMA! Held in the historic Logan Depot, the celebration will include light hors d'oeuvres, an archives-inspired cocktail and mocktail, CIMA history display, a photobooth with archives-themed props, a 50th anniversary cake, and music by the Blue Blazers (featuring retired USU archivist and local legend Bob Parson). Each guest will receive two drink tickets and a special CIMA 50th anniversary gift. 1970s attire welcome!

        Shuttle Transportation: We have arranged for two shuttles to run continuously between the Riverwoods and Logan Depot starting around 5:15. The shuttle pickup/dropoff location is outside of the main entrance to the Riverwoods. When returning to the Riverwoods, the shuttle will also make a stop at 100 West and West Center for guests who would like to continue their evening in Logan’s downtown area. The shuttle will stop running by 8:00 pm.

        Parking: Parking at the Logan Depot is available but limited to street parking and a small parking lot that is shared with a nearby restaurant. We recommend riding the shuttle or carpooling if possible.

        Reception admission is included with an in-person conference registration, but please RSVP when registering for the conference.

        To include additional guests ($30/guest), select as add-on in your conference registration or, if you need to pay for your guest(s) separately, add them using the reception only registration form.


        Utah State University Special Collections & Archives

        Date: Friday, May 12, 2023

        No cost. Transportation provided. Select as add-on to conference registration.

        Bear River Massacre Site

        Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023
        Cost: $20
        Limit: 28

        According to the Boa Ogoi Cultural Interpretive Center website: "Boa Ogoi or Big River in the native Shoshone language is the name of the massacre of more than 400 Shoshone in Southeast Idaho. It was the single largest loss of Native American life in the history of the country. The new Shoshone Cultural Interpretive Center will be built to honor the enduring spirit of the Shoshone people today." The tour will be led by our keynote speaker Darren Parry. Transportation will be provided. Registration required.


        Local Information

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