FEBRUARY 2007 MINUTES
8 February 2007
members present: Virgil Lueth, Anna
called to order by president V. Lueth
Lueth went over the agenda for the general meeting.
Domitrovic presented the 12-month budget report. The Society's CD went into a money market account. She asked for input from the board regarding a new 9-month CD into which she wanted to put $6,000.
Kampf said he would print out the German request for assistance prior to the general meeting.
Open curator/collection manager positions were discussed:
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Colorado School of Mines, and
DeMouthe suggested that the SMMP case for next year's
Lueth discussed the proposed series of Best Practices documents. Penny Williamson proposed one on traveling with minerals.
The 6th International Conference on Mineralogy and Museums
(M&M6) will be held in 2008 in
Golden, at the
George Harlow asked to speak about the Academy of Natural
Board terms expiring this year:
The meeting was adjourned at
GENERAL ANNUAL MEETING
Meeting called to order at by president Lueth.
Lueth welcomed members and guests, made introductions of
the Board. Introductions were made around
the room. He called for a vote on the
There were forty-one (41) people present, representing thirty-one (31) different institutions in seven countries.
Domitrovic gave the treasurer's report. The long-term accounts continue to improve, since interest rates have been going up a little. Domitrovic asked for dues, and presented a printed membership list for people to check for errors.
Staff openings in mineralogy exist at the Natural History
Museum of Los Angeles County, California Mining & Mineral Museum (Calif. State Parks), Colorado School
of Mines, Denver Museum of Nat. History, and
DeMouthe reported that the SMMP case in the main show,
"Unusual Opals from Unusual Places," was getting good reviews.
The proposed topic for the SMMP case in the 2007
Lueth reminded members that the grant program exists, and that proposals must be submitted by the 1 August deadline. No proposals have been submitted to date.
Jim Hurlbut reported on M&M6 meeting to be held at the Colorado School of Mines in Sept. 2008,
just prior to the
George Harlow & Jeff Post said they were going to produce a
letter to the Mineralogical Record
regarding the sale of the mineral collection from the ANSP (Philadelphia Academy), in
response to an article by Wendell Wilson.
The Weinman Mineral Museum is undergoing expansion and will become TELLUS: the Northwest Georgia Science Museum. The Weinman will close this summer and reopen in 2008, with about 7,600 square feet of mineral displays.
Richard Herd asked for members'
Julian Gray (Weinman Museum) proposed posting museum goals, philosophies and policies on the web site.
Charles Langmuir (Harvard) said that justification for mineral museums must involve making the collections more accessible, by creating databases on the web, and within the museum/university community. He encouraged the formation of a common web platform for all mineral collections.
The Geoliterary Society announced its meeting at 3:30 Friday.
A general election was held, with the following results:
Following the election of board members, the board members elected the following officers:
Meeting adjourned at The general annual meeting was followed by a program on "The Digital Specimen: Sample Curation in the 21st Century"