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MINUTES OF THE
Click on the link above to view the
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BEST PRACTICES PROJECT
The first "best practices" documents about research
sampling of collections are posted on the SMMP website:
BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 1:
Research Sampling of Collections
BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 2: Moving
We are looking for more in the series - please submit your idea to the
board at the Denver meeting or contact Virgil Lueth
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SMMP GRANT PROGRAM
The SMMP Grant Program Awards are to support curatorial research and
methodologies that address one or more of the Society of Mineral Museum
Professionals (SMMP) mission statement goals: 1) foster recognition of
mineral science collections as essential scientific, educational and
cultural resources, 2) promote support for growth, maintenance and use
of collections and exhibits and, 3) advance museum practice through
cooperation in the development, review and dissemination of information.
Amounts vary up to a maximum of $1000 per grant. Grant awards determined
by SMMP Board of Directors. Grant applications are available on request.
Applications are due
August 1st and award notification on October 1st.
Guidelines are available on our website:
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We will, as in previous years, be organising a meeting of the
SMMP(Europe) and IMA-CM during the Munich Mineral Show. However this year
will be slightly different than previous years.
We will start proceedings on Friday 25th October with a
meeting of the SMMP/IMA-CM beginning at 16:00 and running to 17:00. This
will be followed by a half-hour presentation and discussion by Christoph
"The Story of the Munich Mineral Show Special Exhibition
and Working with Museums in the Future". We conclude our afternoon with a
meeting of the Working Group Mineralogical Museums and Collections of
Germany which will run from 17:30 to 18:30. All three meetings will be
held in the International Press Reception Room on the Ground Floor at the
As part of the Show's 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Herr
Keilmann will be reserving VIP places for all attendees of the meetings at
a buffet reception at the Messe after the meetings. In addition, all
meeting attendees will be given a VIP Pass covering four days at the Show.
To obtain your pass ally with you name and museum to
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21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical
Association (IMA2014) will be hosted in South Africa from September 1 to
5, 2014. Early registration closes on January 15, 2014. The IMA Meeting,
which takes place every four years, brings together mineral scientists and
curators from around the world. Many interesting field trips are
planned. For more information, click on the link above.
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BEST PLACE TO DONATE INITIATIVE
Mary Johnson began a survey of our membership in order
to compile donation information for museums. The results of her survey are
available on an excel spreadsheet. To download this spreadsheet, click on
the link above.
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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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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,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.
make paying your dues easier (especially for non-US members),
a PayPal account has been established and installed on our
website. You can use your credit card or your own personal PayPal
account. Just go to our
Note that you can check your dues
payment status on the SMMP on-line roster. The year shown in the last column indicates
the last year for which you have paid. If you are delinquent, please remit your
dues payment as soon as possible.
Remember to renew your membership.
If you are planning to pay dues at the Denver
meeting, help Anna by filling out a membership application with your dues
payment. Do it beforehand and save time at the meeting!