Call for Awards Nominations

February 21, 2019

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 CIMA Awards. Five awards will be presented at the joint SSA/CIMA Conference in Tucson, Arizona, in May 2019. The CIMA Awards Committee will be presenting the following awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Service Award, Mentor Award, Archival Projects Award, and Innovator Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by the peers and colleagues of the recipients, the prestigious CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession or for significant continued support of the archival community and its institutions. Nominees must have demonstrated strong leadership and advanced scholarship on both regional and national levels. Last year’s recipient was Patricia Smith-Mansfield, former State Archivist for the state of Utah and Director of the Utah State Archives and Records Service.

Required for nomination: Nomination letter, CV or resume of nominee
Optional: Up to two (2) supporting letters of recommendation

Service Award
The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions in recent years to the CIMA organization, to the archival institutions of the intermountain region, or to the archival profession. The award is given in appreciation for service, leadership, and support of the region’s archival community. Nominees must have demonstrated an inspirational spirit and have worked to build a career based on service. However, nominees of the CIMA Service Award may not have yet achieved many of the career milestones required for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient was Todd Welch, Associate Dean of Special Collections at Utah State University.

Required for nomination: Nomination letter, CV or resume of nominee

Mentor Award
In connection with the newly re-established CIMA Mentoring Program, the Mentor Award celebrates those CIMA Members who strive to help cultivate career development in the archival community, and who have worked with students or new professionals to build professional knowledge and expertise within the next generation.

Criteria:
● Advocates for students and/or new professionals
● Provides guidance in professional development and self-assessment
● Helps students and/or new professionals build a professional network through collaborations and introductions
● Demonstrates sustained commitment to creating a productive working environment that enhances the archive work experience

Required for nomination: Nomination letter (500 words or fewer)
Optional: Up to two (2) supporting letters of recommendation (500 words or fewer)

Archival Projects Award
This award recognizes an archivist, group of archivists, repository, or organization that worked on an archival project which has significantly benefited or impacted its community, the archival profession, or the intermountain region.

Criteria:
● The work must have taken place within three years of the nomination
● The work does not need to be completed, but must have advanced sufficiently to demonstrate results

Required for nomination: Nomination letter (500 words or fewer)
Optional: Final product or other documentation of the project such as photographs, a brochure, or a website.

Innovator Award
The Innovator Award recognizes an archivist, group of archivists, repository, or organization in the intermountain region that has demonstrated creativity or innovation in their work, resulting in an improved work process, program, event, or product.

Criteria:
● Applies creativity or innovation in approaching professional challenges
● Thinks outside of professional or institutional norms
● Translates creativity, innovation, and new thinking into working solutions

Required for nomination: Nomination letter (500 words or fewer)

Nomination and selection process
Nominations must be submitted by a CIMA member; however, nominees do not have to be members of CIMA. All members are encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may remain anonymous.

The final deadline for submission is March 15, 2019. Please submit letters of nomination and appropriate documentation to chelsee.boehm@hotmail.com. Additional materials that are not listed as required or optional will not be considered. Award recipients (and nominators) will be notified by April 10, 2019.


Job Opportunity — Provo, Utah

January 22, 2019

The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University seeks a Technical Specialist to join their digitization program. The Technical Specialist develops and implements hardware, software, and data management solutions in collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Program Manager and other relevant parties to ensure all digital processing workflows adhere to national digital imaging guidelines, including color management and full text generation. Additional responsibilities include training student employees on lab equipment and standards, managing digital imaging requests, and development and training for the Library’s Web-based transcription program. Areas of essential functions for the position include:

  • Digital Imaging Requests from Patrons and Curators
  • Digital Imaging Standards, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
  • Transcribe Program
  • Digital Initiatives Outreach
  • Data Management

For a full description of the position requirements, and to apply, visit the university’s job site at https://hrms.byu.edu/psc/ps/PUBLIC/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Employee&SiteId=60&JobOpeningId=77998&PostingSeq=1

Applications for the position must be received by January 27, 2019.


Job Opportunity — Salt Lake City, Utah

January 22, 2019

The LDS Church History Library is seeking a part-time (25 hours/week) intern to assist volunteers (senior missionaries) to identify and tag digitized images with metadata needed for successful discovery. The intern will assist with training these volunteers, review their work, and troubleshoot and fix problems they discover in the tagging process. Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Learn the Church History Library’s Metadata Enrichment Tool
  • Train volunteers how to use it
  • Review volunteer work
  • Reconcile and resolve problems or exceptions encountered in this process
  • Create and enhance training documentation
  • Consult on improving the tool and processes
  • Participate with other library, archival and product management professionals in improving Library services
  • Read and study LDS Church history, and professional literature related to instructional design, libraries, archives and digital asset management

Applicants should be students or recent (within last 12 months) college or university graduates with career goals in the field of instructional design, library/archival science, or digital asset management to apply for this 1-year, paid internship. Applications must be received by January 25, 2019.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints job site at https://careers.lds.org/search/public/jobdetail.aspx?jobid=224381


CIMA Council Meeting Minutes Available

January 11, 2019

The minutes from the January 11, 2019 meeting of CIMA Council are available here.


Upcoming Travelling Exhibit

December 6, 2018

“A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. A partnership between Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah State Division of History, “A World Transformed” will travel the state of Utah from January 2019 through March of 2020. The exhibition draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the Western United States, including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs. A condensed version of the exhibit is available for booking through the Utah Division of Arts & Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program. An extended digital version will be available through USU University Libraries.

For more information on exhibit dates and locations, see the Spike 150 website.


CIMA Council Meeting Minutes Available

November 9, 2018

The minutes from the November 9, 2018 meeting of CIMA Council are available here.


Job Opportunity — Salt Lake City, Utah

October 29, 2018

The Marriott Library at the University of Utah is seeking a Moving Image and Sound Digital Archivist. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and overseeing digital projects within the Moving Image and Sound Archive, including coordinating the digitization of analog materials for preservation and access, organizing and evaluating born digital and legacy digitized materials, creating and monitoring technical and descriptive metadata, and working with colleagues across library departments to ensure that digital moving image and sound files are preserved and accessible to the public. In addition to managing these projects, the successful candidate will influence and assist in the execution of the policies, procedures and day-to-day operations of the AV Archive, including collection management, reference and research for library patrons, and collection exhibition and outreach. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to serve on cross-departmental committees, present at conferences, and supervise and train part-time employees.

This is a full time, permanent (not term) staff position in Salt Lake City, Utah. All applications received by November 12, 2018 will receive full consideration. However, this is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit the University of Utah job portal at https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/84176.