BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL: I have been involved in archives in various capacities since 1997 and the 1999 CIMA Annual Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona was my first regional professional conference. Since that time, I have worked in the field in California, Wisconsin, Iowa, and now Nevada but have always remembered the welcoming and educational atmosphere of my first experience with CIMA. I am running for VP/President-Elect because I believe in CIMA as an organization and am enthusiastic about its continued growth and service to its members. I would love to be a part of that again and am honored to run for this position.
BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL: Becoming CIMA’s Treasurer has been a bright spot in an otherwise disruptive period that has probably changed all of us. I have learned so much about financial responsibilities, accounting, and of course tax exemption! I also enjoy working with archivists from all over the region, both in positions like the Council and in getting to know names of members as I processed dues payments. I hope to continue improving the organization of financial records, both in paper (getting less all the time) and electronic, and providing reports and forecasts to allow for looking ahead to CIMA’s future.
Bob Diaz, University of Arizona Libraries
POSITION: Associate Librarian and Archivist, Curator for the performing arts and architectural collections, Special Collections, the University of Arizona Libraries, 2011-present.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE: Performing arts librarian, the University of Arizona Libraries, 2000-2011; Assistant to the Dean for Staff Development, Recruitment and Diversity, The University of Arizona Libraries, 1992-2000; Undergraduate Services Librarian, The University of Michigan Libraries, Children’s Librarian, the Nogales Santa Cruz County Public Library, Nogales, Az.
OTHER SERVICE EXPERIENCE: RBMS Diversity Committee, ALA Council, Arizona Library Association Southern Az Regional representative. For a more complete list of my service history, see bobdiaz.net
BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL: I am interested in serving on CIMA Council because I think it would be a great way to learn more about regional issues in the archives profession, and I would like to share my own knowledge and experiences as a longtime librarian and as a gay Chicano with my colleagues. In addition, I would like to contribute to the success of CIMA. I now have over 10 years of experience working in a Special Collections setting, but would like to continue learning and contributing professionally. I have coordinated exhibits and events, and most recently have coordinated virtual reference services for my department. I have a lot to share.
BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL:I would like to serve CIMA with my experience as an archivist and willingness to explore new technological and sociological opportunities. It is great to have a regional organization to bring us together to support one another professionally and in institutionally. I think I could offer the Officers and Council thoughtful and knowledgeable feedback, and a willingness to take on tasks and assignments. I think I would have a lot to learn about how CIMA functions, which will serve me in supporting the organization for years to come.
Molly Rose Steed, The University of Utah
POSITION: Head of Multimedia Archives (2021-Present)
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE: Moving Image & Sound Archivist, The University of Utah (2010-2012), Head of Moving Image & Sound Archive (2012-2021)
OTHER SERVICE EXPERIENCE: Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL: Over my past decade as a media archivist at the University of Utah I have increasingly counted on CIMA for a sense of community in what can sometimes seem to be a small and isolating field: meeting new colleagues, sharing practical solutions and exciting new ideas. Serving on CIMA Council for the past two years has been a wonderful experience, and assisting with our virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021 was especially rewarding. I look forward to continuing to help strengthen our regional archiving community in these times when people seem somehow both more connected and more divided than ever before. Thank you for considering me for a second Council term.
Michael Thompson, Weber State University,
POSITION: University Archives Processor
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE: I have been working as an archives processor for 5 years at Weber State University. Through this job, I have processed collections, assisted with acquisitions, created exhibits, worked to preserve and conserve artifacts in the collection, and worked with our digital collections. I have a BS in History from Southern Utah University and an MLIS from San Jose State University. I also hold the Digital Archives Specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists.
OTHER SERVICE EXPERIENCE: I have served on various committees for the Stewart Library at Weber State University, including the marketing committee and the diversity committee. I presented on how to utilize social media to promote archival collections at the joint meeting of CIMA/SSA in 2019.
BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL: I hope to bring to the council a voice for those who are just starting their careers in archives. Being relatively new to the field will allow me to help promote archival work among future generations. I have also focused a lot of my career on how to promote diversity and equity within the archival field. I know that my experiences will allow me to bring a unique perspective to the council, and I look forward to helping CIMA continue to grow in the future.
Jaime Valenzuela, Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
POSITION: Archivist IV
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE: Librarian II, Arizona Department of Corrections; Library Clerk, Freeport McMoran Inc.; Graduate Assistant, University of Arizona Tree-Ring Laboratory (Library); Library Volunteer, University of Arizona Poetry Center
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BRIEF STATEMENT ON WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON COUNCIL
Hello. My name is Jaime Valenzuela, and I am the archivist at the Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona. An early career professional, I am interested in furthering my professional development and to aid others with theirs. Serving on the CIMA council is an excellent opportunity to do both. Though my board/council experience is limited, I will bring an enthusiastic attitude, a commitment to the CIMA council, and a willingness to serve on the CIMA committees as needed. Furthermore, council service will provide me the chance to make a positive contribution to our profession.