SSA/CIMA Conference this week!

The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) and the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) will host a joint Annual Meeting on May 23-26, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona at the Marriott Phoenix Mesa Hotel. When not attending sessions, you can enjoy the sun by the hotel pool, or check out the many entertaining and conveniently located attractions highlighted for you by the local arrangements committee.

Interested in an exhibit booth at the conference? Click here for more information. 

Program Workshops Key Note | Reception Registration 
Hotel & Shuttle SNAP Attractions Committee

The meeting sessions cover a wide range of timely topics including leadership, preservation of digital material, institutional repositories, collaborations and consortia (including the role of regional archival associations), and MPLP. Attendees will have an opportunity to exchange ideas with new professionals by attending a graduate student poster session.  Please click here for a preliminary program and pre-conference workshop schedule.Pre-Conference Workshops
SSA will offer three pre-conference workshops: Legal Issues with Digital Archives, Basics of Archives, and Paper Preservation Issues and Conservation Techniques. These workshops areapproved for ACA recertification credits. To learn more about these workshops and ACA recertification credits, please click here.

Key Note Speaker
Dr. Matthew Whitaker, founder of the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, will give the annual meeting’s plenary address Thursday May 24th from 8AM-9:30AM. Frequent NPR and PBS contributor, Dr. Whitaker focuses primarily on African-American and Civil Rights History in the United States. Dr. Whitaker’s article “Shooting Down Racism: Lincoln and Eleanor Ragsdale and Residential Desegregation in Phoenix, 1947-1953” was recently named one of the top ten articles of the decade by Journal of the West.


The SSA-CIMA annual meeting reception will be at the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 6-8 pm. Ample, delicious hors d’ouvres and dessert will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Early bird (before May 4th) registration fee for members is only $135. Click here to download the .pdf registration form.

Hotel and Shuttle
The Marriott Phoenix Mesa Hotel is offering conference attendees a special rate of $99/night. To book a room, call 800-835-9873 and ask for “CIMA/SSA Joint Conf” Group Rate
Visit the hotel site [] and enter the 7-letter group code: cimcima.

Super Shuttle is offering discounted rates from Sky Harbor Airport to the Phoenix Marriott Mesa Hotel for the SSA-CIMA Meeting. Click here for a flyer with all the details!
SNAP Happy Hour
(Students & New Archives Professionals Roundtable)
Thursday, May 24th – 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lobby of the Marriott-Phoenix/Mesa Hotel
If you have plans to attend the 2012 Society of Southwest Archivist’s Annual Meeting, come on out to the SNAP Happy Hour. Please join us to imbibe some tasty beverages and speak with fellow students, emerging professionals, and experienced archivists at this meet-and-greet. Buses will start taking attendees to the SSA/CIMA reception at 5:30 p.m., so there will be plenty of time to mingle with fellow SNAPpers beforehand.

Hope to see you there!
Local attractions
The greater Phoenix metropolitan area boasts many cultural and recreational activities that are enjoyable for all ages, and offers everything from museums to golf courses to amusement parks. Papago Park is home to the Arizona Historical Society, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and the Phoenix Zoo. Downtown Phoenix features the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and Arizona’s major league baseball team the Arizona Diamondbacks. For those bringing their families (or those who are just kids at heart) the Arizona Museum for Youth and Mesa Golfland Sunsplash offer water rides, mini-golf, go carts, and much more. You can always extend your Arizona stay and visit one of the many National Parks or Monuments in the state!

The chairs of the local arrangements committee are:

Linda A. Whitaker, MA
Certified Archivist & Librarian
Arizona Historical Foundation
Hayden Library, Room 412
Arizona State University
Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
P: 480-965-3283
F: 480-965-5744
email: linda.whitaker@ahfweb.orgLori C. Sloat, MA
Operations Assistant
Arizona State Archives
1901 W. Madison
Phoenix, AZ 85007
p: 602-926-3720

The president of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists is:

Cory Nimer
L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University
1130 HBLL, Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
(801) 422-6091
You can see past annual meetings photos, programs, speaker’s notes, and other information (when available) on our Past and Upcoming SSA Meeting Sites page.


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