If you think the newsletter is a little late this
year, you are right. I'm suffering from a bit of writer's block and
having trouble coming up with something profound. You are probably not
surprised since I'm not all that profound when I feel inspired.
Regardless, I've decided to review some tangible progress that the
society has realized over the last year.
First is our "Best Practices" series. The number
one is now posted after everyone had the opportunity to review the
draft. If you have suggestions please send them on. These documents are
not set in stone and should reflect new developments when they happen.
Penny Williamson volunteered to do number two and a draft will be
distributed at the meeting and posted on our site for your input. At the
meeting I'll be looking for a volunteer to start number three on the
topic of their choosing. Hopefully this series becomes the
"go to" place
information for specific curation topics in mineralogy as well as
standard museum practice.
George Harlow and Jeff Post have made progress on
establishing policy statements on the preservation of natural history
collections with the Mineralogical Society of America. I congratulate
these members for taking our concerns (post-Philadelphia Academy) to the
scientific societies and bringing these issues to our non-museum
colleagues. Most people believe museum collections are forever (as they
should be) but recent developments have shown how even some of the most
famous collections are threatened and even dispersed.
Sorry, but no more excuses for not paying your
dues! Anna Domitrovic recently established a SMMP PayPal account for
dues payments. Tony "webmaster" Kampf, installed a working link on our
website. As president and top guinea pig, I had the honor of being to
first to pay my dues electronically. It was easy and very
straightforward - give it a try!
Finally, many thanks to Mike Pierce and Jamie
Newman for tag-teaming the education case for this year's Tucson show.
Mike coordinated the gathering of specimens and made the labels and
placard. Jamie kindly volunteered for installation and takedown. Of
course, we'll all miss Jean DeMouthe (traveling in Egypt) who has
coordinated the case for many years. Kudos to all members who
contributed to the case, I think it will be very popular.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Tucson,
Virgil Lueth, President
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2008 Board of Directors election
Three board member terms will be expiring this year. Please
be prepared to nominate candidates and vote. Board members whose terms expire
this year are:
Terry Ottaway Penny Williamson
Note that the term expiration dates of the board members are provided in parentheses in the sidebar.
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BEST PRACTICES PROJECT
The first "best practices"
document about research sampling of collections is posted on the SMMP
Best Practices No.1.
The second document initiated by Penny Williamson
titled, Moving Specimens, will be presented for review at the
next meeting. The current draft of this document can be seen at:
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Natural history collections
MSA has approved a methodology for considering and
adopting position statements. The first statement submitted was a draft
that George Harlow and Jeff Post had agreed to do at the 2007 meeting in
Tucson. MSA had to create an ad
hoc committee to advise on a policy for adoption of position
statements. George was the chair and members included with Jeff Post,
Peter Heaney, and John Hughes.
Now the position statement is before the Executive Committee of MSA and
George expects to hear back whether it will go for review on the MSA
webpages or it needs further rewording. The present version of the statement (it has
gone through some review and editing already) is available on our
website: Preservation of Natural History Collections.
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MINUTES OF THE
Click on the link above to view the
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American Geological Institute (AGI)
Collections Alliance NSCA)
Although the Society of Mineral
Museum Professionals maintains no official ties with the
Commission on Museums
(CM) of the
International Mineralogical Association
(IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne,
Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals
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OTHER MEETINGS OF INTEREST
6th International Conference on Mineralogy
Denver, Colorado -
September 7 to 9, 2008
click on the link above.
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SMMP LIST SERVER
are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:
when you reply to an email sent via our list server,
you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the
Tony Kampf processes additions to and
deletions from the list server. That way we limit
the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped
from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the
SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that you are only able to
send via the list server from your email address that is on the list server.
This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.
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are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer,
6118 W. Lazy Heart Street,
Tucson, AZ 85713. Any directory changes or
additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe,
dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland,
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make paying your dues easier (especially for non-US members),
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Remember to renew your membership.
If you are planning to pay dues at the Tucson
meeting, help Anna by filling out a membership application with your dues
payment. Do it beforehand and save time at the meeting!