2017 CIMA Travel Scholarships Call for Applicants

January 27, 2017

This year the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) Council is offering two (2) $500 travel assistance scholarships to assist CIMA members who want to attend the 2017 Annual Conference on May 17-19 in Boise, Idaho. Depending on CIMA finances, we may offer a third scholarship. These scholarships are intended to encourage member participation by offsetting the expenses associated with travel, hotel, and per diem for those whose employers do not provide adequate travel support. Student and paraprofessional members are particularly encouraged to apply.

Members interested in applying for a CIMA travel assistance scholarship should draft a statement that provides the following information:

Name, Institution, Position Title, and a 250-word “Statement of Need” explaining (A) the reasons why you would like to attend the conference, and (B) the lack of funding and travel support from your institution that makes attendance difficult.

  • All applicants must be dues-paying CIMA members in good standing. Questions concerning current membership status can be directed to Ryan Lee (Ryan_Lee@byu.edu).
  • Scholarship applications should be submitted to Vice-President Jim Kichas (jkichas@utah.gov) by Monday, February 20 for full consideration by the scholarship committee.
  • Please use the following subject line in your email: “CIMA Travel Scholarship”.

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday, March 1. Winning applicants must submit a 250-word synopsis to the CIMA newsletter describing their experience attending the conference.
Any additional questions should be directed to Jim Kichas (jkichas@utah.gov)


Additional Planning Tools for CIMA/NWA 2017

December 6, 2016

The Program Committee Co-Chairs recently sent out the call for session proposals for our joint annual meeting next May 17-19, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. To make it easier for like minds to connect, we’re offering up this Google spreadsheet where you can share your session proposal ideas, and see who might be interested in joining your panel.

Please note that this is a planning document only, and it does NOT take the place of actually submitting your session proposal to the Program Committee–to SUBMIT your program proposal go to: https://goo.gl/VUMdQp

Deadline for session proposals is January 6, 2017.


Call for Proposals for CIMA/NWA Joint Meeting 2017

November 8, 2016

The program committee for CIMA/NWA is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 joint annual meeting, to be held in Boise, Idaho on May 17-19, 2017. Please see the Conferences page for more information on the conference and submission process. We are seeking both session and pre-conference workshop proposals. Deadline for submission is January 6, 2017. Please use this online form to submit your proposal at: https://goo.gl/VUMdQp.

For more information please contact the Program Committee chairs, Su Kim Chung (sukim.chung@unlv.edu) and Anne Jenner (ajenner@uw.edu).


Upcoming SAA Workshop in the CIMA Region

October 7, 2016

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is co-sponsoring the SAA workshop Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections, to be held on November 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. The workshop will discuss both the administrative and technical needs to successfully manage archived electronic records. Registration costs are:

SAA Member — $265
Non-SAA member — $325

For more information about the workshop, please check the Society of American Archivists’ website.


Upcoming SAA Workshop in the CIMA Region

September 6, 2016

Brigham Young University is co-sponsoring the SAA workshop Reappraising and Deaccessioning Archival Materials from Start to Finish, to be held on November 11th in Provo, Utah. The workshop will provide step-by-step instruction on how to initiate and carry out reappraisal and deaccessioning programs and projects. Before October 11th, registration costs are:

SAA Member — $189
Non-SAA member — $249

After that date, registration fees will rise in both categories.

For more information about the workshop, please check the Society of American Archivists’ website.


Papermaking Workshop

September 6, 2016

The University of Utah’s Marriott Library will be hosting a free lecture by Simon Barcham Green on the “History of Papermaking.” The event will be held at the Alta Club (100 East South Temple) on September 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. Mr. Green is a 6th generation English papermaker and historian whose U.S. lecture tour is being coordinated by MacArthur Fellow Timothy Barrett, Director of the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa.

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CIMA Summer 2016 updates

July 19, 2016

I hope you have been having a relaxing summer. Hard to believe it’s been two months since we all met up in Ogden for our annual meeting, and I look forward to seeing those of you who will be attending SAA’s annual meeting in Atlanta in a few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to bring you up to date on a few developments and alert you to a few important dates for fall.

Joint Annual Meeting with NWA in 2017
NWA surveyed its membership and they were in favor of holding a joint meeting with us next year in Boise. We have held our initial planning conference call, and local arrangements chair, Alex Meregaglia, is busy researching hotel and conference space options with his committee (Julia Stringfellow and Gwyn Hervochon). NWA will also appoint members to both the local arrangements and program committees as we move forward. Stay tuned for meeting dates in the near future.

Fall Caucus in Provo – October 14
Save the date for the fall caucus at BYU on Friday, October 14. We are planning a day-long program (tentatively) featuring a morning faculty panel on how different disciplines use Special Collections, as well as a session looking at instruction and use in state, local, and religious archives. Following a lunch break, the afternoon will feature a panel on issues related to born digital material, web archiving and/or digital preservation, after which we’ll break into small groups with the presenters to consider best practices in these areas. More details to follow.

Fall Caucus in Nevada – November 4
Plans are underway for Nevada’s fall caucus in Las Vegas on Friday, November 4. We are working on offering an SAA DAS workshop (Managing Electronic Records) on November 3 at the UNLV Libraries the day before the caucus. Details for the Friday caucus will be forthcoming as soon as plans are finalized.

Newsletter Survey
Melissa Johnson, our wonderful newsletter editor, is planning to send out a brief survey to CIMA members to get their input on what they would like to see in the newsletter and discover ways that it can better serve the membership. We are also hoping to add a regular feature into the newsletter that highlights new members in each issue, and work on standardizing the content for the issues throughout the year. Look out for the survey sometime this summer.

RAAC at SAA’s Annual Meeting
Some of you may not be aware of this, but CIMA is part of the larger Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) which “provides an official venue for information exchange among the leadership of regional archival organizations, and among the Regionals and the Society of American Archivists. The Group serves as a formal entity for fostering collaboration among the Regionals, and between the Regionals and SAA.”

This year the RAAC will be joining the Society of Georgia Archivists for a symposium focusing on the interests of our nation’s regional organizations. Sessions will focus on advocacy, public awareness, education, disaster planning and recovery, and grant development. This symposium will take place on Tuesday, August 2, in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists Annual Conference. Don’t forget that CIMA’s own Gordon Daines will be presenting at this symposium on two important collaborative initiatives that began in the western region: the Journal of Western Archives and the Western Round-Up meetings.

CIMA and Twitter
We are investigating setting up an official CIMA Twitter account. All of the other western regional archival associations have Twitter accounts, so council member Liz Zepeda is looking into best practices for setting one up for us and making it sustainable.

Best wishes –
Su Kim Chung
CIMA President, 2016-17