... of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
Volume 3, #1 January 19,
Minutes - Denver 99
and Newsletter Editor
Pacific Mineral Museum
1500-625 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T6
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
Dept. of Mineral Sciences, MRC-19
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC 20560
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
New Mexico Museum of
Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
L. A. Co. Museum of Natural History
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
New Mexico Bureau of Mines
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, New Mexico 87801
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals will meet on Friday, 11
February, in our usual room on the upper level of the Convention Center in
Tucson, Arizona. The
board meeting is scheduled for noon (12:00 to 1:00).
The general annual meeting will begin at 1:00, and will be followed
by a symposium/seminar examining appraisals and the law. The meetings will all be over and done with by 3:00 at the
We are already one month into it already, but a Happy New Year
everyone! What a year last
year was. Maintaining a
positive attitude about things is sometimes a real challenge and 1999 was
just plain a year I care never to repeat.
However, after much turmoil and many opportunities for growth, the
much-awaited Y2K arrived and for me, truly arrived in glorious
If the tone of this message seems rather personal, it is because my
professional life and personal life have pretty much been one for the past
two years. As many of you
know, for the past three years (yes, three), I have been involved in
getting the Pacific Mineral Museum up and going.
After what has been an undeniably torturous past year and a half,
the light is at the end of the tunnel, and this time I really believe it
isnt another train. We are
still not open as I write these words, but shall be by the time you read
them (fingers crossed, of course).
What all this really means is that after the museum is open, all
the time that I have been spending with an uncomfortable construction
project managers hat on my head, I can reassign to a museum
professionals hat. I am hoping then to be able to fulfill more of the goals I
envisioned when I accepted this role in the SMMP.
I think some the ideas we discussed in Denver with respect to the
directions in which the Society would like to focus its efforts, are
worthwhile and would make the Society more relevant to its membership.
I am looking forward, in addition to our normal business, to
further discuss some of these thoughts (especially publications), and to
hearing more from the membership about other ideas.
I am also looking forward to an informative program on appraisals.
It is an important issue, and it would serve us, especially North
American museums, well to be reading from the same page.
More than anything, though, I am looking forward to a most
productive year 2000, and wish you all the best in it.
See you in Tucson!
FROM THE EDITOR
As always, submissions and ideas appropriate for this
newsletter, and of course, constructive criticisms are all welcomed.
September 17, 1999
Directors Meeting, 12:00 pm
Present: Mark Mauthner (President), Anna Domitrovic (Treasurer), Anthony
Kampf, Virgil Lueth, Virginia Mast, Marc Wilson and Jean DeMouthe.
President Mauthner called the
meeting to order at 1:35 p.m. Virgil Lueth was asked to keep the minutes of the
meeting in the absence of George Harlow (Secretary).
Treasurers report: Domitrovic
distributed copies of the treasurers report.
The agenda for the general meeting was presented and discussed. Outlines for reports from the following committee chairs were
Computer Committee Report: Kampf reported the website is active and
updated regularly. A new moderate-tech list server is available email
sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will reach all SMMP members with email.
Orphan Collection / Curators: Lueth reported no new orphans. DeMouthe noted the California State collection is now under
the jurisdiction of the Calif. State Department of Parks and Recreation. Kampf
reported that a new curator position might be open for the position.
Stolen Specimens: No stolen specimens were reported.
Education Committee: Mast thanked the membership for the good
participation in this shows mineral case, Sphalerites from around the
world. She mentioned that ideas are needed for the Tucson 2000 show. The
theme is Brazilian Minerals.
Publications Committee: An action proposal was presented to the
committee for review for the establishment of a permanent set of publications by
No new business was brought up at this meeting.
The directors meeting adjourned at 1:57 p.m.
General Meeting, 1:00 pm
President Mauthner called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m. A roll call and introduction of guests started the meeting
Minutes of the Tucson meeting on 12 February 1999:
A motion was made to adopt the minutes as printed in the newsletter and
seconded. The motion was passed by unanimous vote.
Presidents Report: President Mauthner discussed his objectives
for the society as outlined in the recent newsletter concerning the benefits of
membership. He solicited comments and advice from the entire membership. He
stressed the adoption of a cooperative model over a service model for the
society by decreasing emphasis on outreach and increasing internal programs.
Treasurers Report: Domitrovic provided the semi-annual
financial report as a memo dated 13 Sept. 1999. A checkbook balance of $2,825.88
was reported. A money market account was established last February with
$5000.00. However, the bank did not deposit any money in the account until
September. An explanation for the tardiness of the transaction is awaiting an
inquiry by Domitrovic.
Computer Committee Report: Kampf discussed the activity of the
website and welcomed suggestions for its improvement. The newsletter and email
addresses are present on the site along with recent job postings. A new
medium-tech listserver is now available at: email sent to email@example.com
will reach all SMMP members with email.
Members can be removed from the mailing list by contacting
Tony. A suggestion for inclusion of show listings and locations was presented.
Orphan Collections / Curators: Lueth reported no new listings of
orphaned collections or curators. DeMouthe noted the California State collection
has been transferred to the Calif. State Department of Parks and Recreation.
Kampf mentioned that a job opening for a curator for the California State
collection was recently posted. Erickson reported additional funding for the
Virginia Natural History Museum. A new curator, Jay Ague, was appointed at the
Peabody Museum at Yale.
Education Committee: Mast thanked the contributions of members to
the SMMP mineral case highlighting worldwide sphalerites at this years show.
She reported a record number of participants. A call for ideas for the Tucson
2000 (Brazilian Minerals) show was made. A discussion concerning the mandate for
this committee commenced. Aspects of this discussion were postponed until later
in the meeting.
Publications Committee: Mauthner discussed newsletter distribution
via email or snail-mail. DeMouthe, chair of the committee, presented an action
proposal to the membership. In the proposal, the society would begin to publish
two types of papers: (1) Peer-reviewed occasional papers intended to address
collection issues and (2) Collection notes to provide educational tools for the
public. Publications would be posted on the web page and hardcopies would also
be available. Review of the papers would fall to the publications committee
consisting of 3 to 4 members. An editorial board remained to be named and
volunteers were solicited. The recycling of papers was discussed along
with email linkage of the membership.
New Business: No new business was presented.
Announcements: Terry Huizing announced the establishment of a
potential new museum in Appleton, WI, curated by Mr. and Mrs. Gene LeBarge. Jack
Murphy stated he had extra pieces of South African kimberlite available to
anyone who would like some. Dimitri Belakovskii thanked the membership for the
donation of back issues of American Mineralogist to his museum. The call for
other duplicate journals for donation to foreign members was made.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:49 p.m.
Presented by Virgil W. Lueth, Director.
KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR DUES
Check with Anna
Domitrovic if you are not certain whether your dues are current. The Societys
dues for 2000 are $10.00 U.S., payable to our treasurer Anna Domitrovic,
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743. Any
directory changes or additions should also be sent to Anna Domitrovic. Please
also submit changes to Tony Kampf for the SMMP website.
THINGS NEWSY AND/OR RELEVANT
Geology Museum, Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum is seeking
a creative person to run the museum as its curator. Colorado School of Mines, a
public university with a reputation for educational excellence, is Colorados
oldest institution of higher education. Its
Geology Museum, with major rock, mineral, gem and fossil collections, supports
informal and formal earth science education through tours, exhibits, outreach
The museums curator is solely responsible for its
administration; collection acquisitions and management; staff supervision;
education, outreach and research programs; exhibit development and installation;
and fundraising. This is an
administrative faculty position within the Department of Geology and Geological
Engineering reporting to the department head.
The curator also works with other museums and institutions in the Denver
The position requires a minimum of bachelors degree
in an appropriate discipline (e.g., education, geology, museum studies) and
either graduate work in a complimentary discipline, or 3 years progressively
more responsible work experience in a museum field (e.g., administration,
collections management, exhibition, education). Salary up to $42,000, dependent on qualifications, with an
excellent benefits package. Anticipated
start date July 1, 2000.
Candidates should send a letter of application, resume,
and three letters of reference to:
Colorado School of Mines
Office of Human Resources
Search # 00-050220
1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401
For full consideration, applications must be submitted
by April 15, 2000. CSM is an EEO/AA
employer. Women and minorities are
encouraged to apply.
Museum of Geology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T),
located at the foot of the Black Hills in western South Dakota, is seeking
applicants for a Director of the Museum of Geology. The successful candidate
will hold faculty rank. The position will be available beginning July 1, 2000.
Responsibilities for this position will include:
administering the Museum facility and its collections; advancing the Museum's
role in the educational and outreach missions of the university though
interaction with external groups and pursuit of external funding opportunities;
and management of the Master's degree program in Paleontology, including
participation in guidance of students and delivery of the curriculum.
This position requires an earned doctorate in
paleontology, geology or a related field. Candidates should have significant
leadership experience in a natural history museum or other business, non-profit,
or academic organization, including demonstrated success in managing programs,
personnel, and finances. Teaching and research experience are desirable.
Submit curriculum vitae and the names, phone numbers,
and e-mail addresses of three references to:
Dr. Sangchul Bang
Dean, College of Earth Systems
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2000, and
will continue until the position is filled.
SDSM&T is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.