Journal of Western Archives Seeks New Editor

November 13, 2019

The Journal of Western Archives is seeking a new managing editor. The managing editor is responsible for the overall quality of the intellectual content of the journal and works closely with the editorial board to ensure that the needs of the professional community (including the journal’s four regional sponsors) in the western United States are met. If you are interested in this position, please submit a CV and a letter of interest to journal director Gordon Daines at gordon_daines@byu.edu by Monday December 16th at 5:00 pm MST. The successful applicant will assume their duties on January 1st, 2020 and receive a yearly honorarium of $500.00. The initial term will be for three years with the opportunity to renew once.

Journal of Western Archives Editor
Job Description

The Editor is responsible for the overall quality of the intellectual content of the journal and for overseeing the review process to ensure it is thorough, fair, and timely. The Editor is responsible for upholding the mission and scope of the journal and for selecting papers that provide new, original, and important contributions to knowledge.

Responsibilities:

  1. The Editor oversees the mission and scope of the journal in consultation with the journal director and the editorial board.
    1. The Editor ensures that the papers published are consistent with the editorial mission.
    2. The Editor works with the journal director and the editorial board to determine if thematic issues should be published. The Editor identifies and invites potential guest editors for these issues.
    3. The Editor works with the technical editor/layout specialist to ensure that content is visually appealing and readable.
  2. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the peer review process.
    1. The Editor selects editorial board members to shepherd potential articles and case studies through the peer review process.
    2. The Editor and assigned editorial board members will use the BePress platform to conduct the editorial review process.
    3. The Editor will review the feedback from peer reviewers and the assigned editorial board member and will make the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles and case studies.
    4. The Editor will ensure that the peer review process is completed in a timely way and that authors receive constructive feedback about papers submitted.
  3. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the copyediting process
    1. The Editor will work with the journal’s contract copyeditor to ensure that articles and case studies are copyedited in a timely fashion.
    2. The Editor has final authority on all copyediting decisions.
  4. The Editor will seek opportunities to promote the journal.
    1. The Editor will seek to speak at conferences and other events about the purpose and values of the journal, inviting potential contributors to consider submitting papers to the journal.
    2. The Editor will encourage editorial board members to speak at conferences and other events about the purpose and values of the journal, inviting potential contributors to consider submitting papers to the journal.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Must have the technical capacity to work in a fully electronic environment
  • Experience in conducting and writing research, sufficient to enable the individual to solicit and select research that will result in a high-quality publication that addresses the diverse interest of the readership
  • Dynamic, self-motivated individual
  • Ability to delegate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to set and meet firm deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment

Preferred

  • Experience with the peer review process as both a peer reviewer and an author
  • Membership in one of the four sponsoring regional associations (Conference of Intermountain Archivists, Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, the Society of California Archivists, or the Northwest Archivists, Inc.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use the Chicago Manual of Style

Western Archivists Meeting Call for Proposals

October 25, 2019

Join the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) for an engaging and energizing program. For more details on this program please visit SCA’s Western Archivists Meeting web page.

Dates: April 22-25, 2020–Pre-conference workshops and tours April 22. Conference begins April 23. Hotel conference rate available April 21-25.

The call for proposals submission form is available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEbBU_McBKQOQuNKiOYg0G0fAq9gg1EN7GSbP58dOvKD0Pgg/viewform. Proposals that demonstrate cross-regional collaboration are strongly encouraged. For assistance on finding other regional partners please refer to this spreadsheet. Proposals are due November 4, 2019.

More information about the meeting is available on the Conferences page.


Primary Source Literacy Conference

September 3, 2019

Registration is now available for Primary Source Literacy: The Art of Engagement, to held on Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th. The conference is co-sponsored by the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists and the Utah Manuscripts Association, and is open to archivists, librarians, and educators. This two-day conference will include sessions on teaching with primary sources the opportunity to engage in conversation, as well as hosting the Society of American Archivists’ workshop on Teaching With Primary Sources.

The conference will be held at the Utah State Archives and Records Service in downtown Salt Lake City. Conference attendance will be limited to 60 individuals and so if you would like to participate, please register soon.

To register for the Friday conference sessions, please complete the form at https://forms.gle/FuUpKPRkrmq3Panz7. Registration for the SAA workshop should be completed at https://mysaa.archivists.org/nc__event?id=a0l0b00000EI0pzAAD.


By-laws Revision Proposal

April 22, 2019

CIMA Council is proposing the addition of a Social Media Committee to our existing standing committees. A copy of the proposal, and the proposed revision of the by-laws, is available here:

If you have any questions or concerns, we will address them at the meeting in Tucson in May, or if you will not be attending (which I hope is not the case) you can e-mail CIMA president Paula Mitchell with your questions or concerns.

Voting will be conducted by electronic ballot after the annual meeting.


Graduate Poster Session Proposals

April 8, 2019

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) and the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) invite graduate and undergraduate students to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, from May 15-18, 2019.

Posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting archival collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2018-Spring 2019). Easel dimensions are: 36 inches by 48 inches (vertical format; clip at top to secure poster with shelf at bottom to stand poster. Poster can be mounted or unmounted).

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their poster with attendees for 30 minutes on Friday, May 17, at 3:00 pm in the conference hotel. Easels will be provided. Student poster presenters must register and secure institutional or personal funding to attend the Annual Meeting.

Abstracts will be accepted by e-mail until Friday, April 19th, 2019.

Include the following in your 1-page abstract:
Title
Author(s)
Purpose of project/research
Description of project/research
Conclusions/findings of project/research

Submit your abstract to robert.g.weaver@ttu.edu with “SSA Poster” as your subject line.


Job Opportunity — West Valley City, Utah

March 19, 2019

The Salt Lake County Archives is seeking a full-time Digital/Reference Archivist for their facility in West Valley City. The position will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies, best practices, standards, and technologies that support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the repository’s digital collections in accordance with professional archival standards, in addition to processing of analog records. The position will also provide reference services to the public and to county agencies.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit the Salt Lake County jobs site at https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/nghome.guid?c=1210501&d=External&prc=RMPOD4&r=5000471589006.


CIMA/SAA Joint Conference Registration Now Open

February 21, 2019

Registration is now open for the upcoming joint meeting to be held in Tucson in May. CIMA members can register online at the conference website — https://2019cima.southwestarchivists.org/registration/

In order to qualify for the member registration rate, CIMA members should use the code: CIMA2019MEMBER