CIMA’s 2009 Annual Conference Concludes

May 22, 2009

CIMA’s 2009 Annual Conference at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah has concluded, and it shall be considered one of the finest meetings the organization has had in recent memory. CIMA met over a two day period; (Thursday and Friday) May 14 and 15, 2009.

Thursday’s Pre-Conference Workshop, “Photographs in the Archive: Identifying photographic processes and their preservation needs,” was presented by Tom Wells at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections classroom at BYU.

The Plenary Speaker and local historian, Robert Carter presented “Chasing Local History with a Techno-Illiterate” at the Provo City Library. This presentation was followed by the CIMA Annual Business Meeting (minutes available here) and the opening reception, which featured a tour of the Brigham Young Academy Building by Brad Westwood.

On Friday, there were over nine panel discussions or presentations inside Special Collections at BYU. Professor Brian Cannon was the luncheon speaker, with his presentation “20th Century Homesteading.” CIMA president Michael Frazier concluded the annual meeting with closing remarks.

Special thanks to the program committee: John Murphy (BYU), Walter Jones (University of Utah), Brandon Metcalf (Utah State Archives), Linda Reib (Arizona State Archives), Thomas Sommer (UNLV), Charles Stanford (New Mexico State University), and Roy Webb (University of Utah).

Further thanks goes to the local arrangements committee at Brigham Young University: Cory Nimer, Gordon Daines, Elizabeth Smart, Russ Taylor, and Kristi Young.

Thanks to all you made the conference a success!

–Michael Frazier

(see Annual Conference 2009 Program)

CIMA Annual Conference, 2009 registration

March 23, 2009

I am happy to announce the plans for CIMA’s 2009 Spring Meeting have been completed. This important conference will convene in Provo, Utah on Thursday and Friday; May 14th and 15th. We are excited to be using two different venues in Provo: The Provo City Library will host activities on Thursday, and BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library will host activities on Friday.

Our Program Committee has worked diligently to provide a full and worthwhile program, following the theme “Embracing Our Past & Charting Our Future.” I assure you, this will be a conference that you will not want to miss. The nation’s current financial crisis, and it’s devastating impact on our profession and our region, will be at the heart of this year’s program.

Unfortunately, these are hard times for many of our members. This year, more than ever, travel budgets have been cut across the board. That is why, everyone involved has worked to make this year’s meeting as affordable as possible. As a result of their hard work, The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists represents one of the best values in the archival profession.

Since 2005, our group has met in a number of locales far and wide, including Las Vegas and Colorado Springs. Next year’s joint-meeting in Seattle will continue that trend. So, we felt it was important, that this year, we meet at the center of our membership population in Utah, cutting travel costs for many people.

In addition, we are happy to announce that we have expanded the number of grants and scholarships available to help people attend our Spring Meeting this year. Along with the Steve Wood CIMA Meeting Scholarship, we also have available the CIMA Conference Registration Grants and the CIMA Travel Grants. It does not matter if you are new to the group, or a life-long veteran; if you have a financial need, and if you want to attend, I encourage you to apply for a grant or scholarship.

Of course, something like this can not take place without many dedicated people volunteering their time. I would like to thank the Local Arrangements Committee and Program Committee for their efforts. However, as great as they are, they still need your input. While filling out the registration form, please take a few minutes to fill out the online conference survey. This will only help them to serve you better.

Finally, as important as preserving history is to our profession; keeping mindful of our future is just as important. Our future is within your hands, and it is my belief that CIMA and our profession has a bright future. I cordially invite you to come to our meeting, to participate, and to share your ideas.

I look forward to visiting with you in Provo.


Michael Frazier
CIMA, President

Register now!

More conference information…

Conference attendance survey

March 22, 2009

In order to finalize plans for the Annual Conference in Provo, the Local Arrangements Committee is asking for your help. They have developed a survey, available here, to gather information about attendance and activities. Once you’ve had a chance to look through the conference registration packet, please complete the survey regarding your preferences.


Preliminary conference program now available

March 13, 2009

The Program Committee for the 2009 Annual Conference has made available their preliminary program. Information about registration and hotel accommodations will be posted in the coming weeks.

CIMA Annual Conference, 2009

February 24, 2009

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists will be holding its annual spring meetings May 14-15 in Provo, Utah. The opening plenary on May 14th will be held at the Provo City Library at Academy Square (the original home of Brigham Young Academy) and will feature a local historian discussing his work. It will be followed by the annual business meeting and an opening reception. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the old Academy building or take a short walk to the Crandall Print Museum. The remainder of the conference will be hosted in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University and will feature stimulating program sessions as well as several small group discussion opportunities. We look forward to your attendance at the conference.

More information will be forthcoming on how to get to Provo, the recommended hotel and places to eat. A short survey will be distributed in mid-March to help us get a feel for who will be coming to the conference, what sessions they are interested in and other relevant information.

Grants and scholarships to attend annual conference

February 6, 2009

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) has a number of available scholarships for this year’s annual meeting in Provo, Utah; May 14 & 15, 2009.

Persons meeting the criteria below are encouraged to apply.

The Steve Wood CIMA Meeting Scholarship is a $400.00 scholarship offered once each year. Funds from the Steve Wood Scholarship may be used for conference registration, workshops, conference meals, and travel expenses.

The CIMA Workshop Grants are offered to cover the registration fees for a full-day CIMA workshop at its annual meeting.

The CIMA Conference Registration Grants are offered to cover the registration fees for the CIMA annual conference.

The CIMA Travel Grants are worth up to $250.00 each. They are offered to assist individuals with travel funding to the annual meeting.

Qualifications: For any of these scholarships an individual must currently:
Be employed in the CIMA region (AZ, UT, NV, ID, WY, NM)
Be enrolled as a student in a program that includes library classes, archival classes, or a related discipline.

To Apply: Submit a current résumé, a cover letter indicating a statement of the expected benefits of attending the CIMA meeting, and a letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant’s work or educational program.

Deadlines: Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2009.

Further information: Grant and scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a report on their experience following the conference which will be published in the CIMA Newsletter.

For questions and additional information: Please contact the current chair of the Education and Training Committee referenced below.

All grant and scholarship applications should be sent via e-mail to
Also, please send a hard copy by fax or mail to the Education and Training Committee:

Michael Frazier
UNLV Libraries
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 457010
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7010
(702) 895-2240

Annual Conference, 2009

February 4, 2009

The 2009 Annual Spring will be May 14-15, 2009; in Provo, Utah.
More information is to come.

CIMA holds two meetings per year, the spring conference and the fall caucus. The spring meeting includes a business session for the organization. Each state group is encouraged to hold separate fall meetings. Keynote speakers are drawn from national and regional archival leadership. Topics range from basic preservation principles to applications of the latest technologies.