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USU's Todd Welch Receives CIMA Service Award

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Todd Welch

Todd Welch

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) presented Todd Welch, associate dean for Special Collections and Archives at Utah State University, with the 2018 CIMA Service Award. 

Welch was recognized for his devoted leadership to the university, for his service within the CIMA organization and for his inspirational career in the archival and library profession. 

“For over thirty years, he has exemplified public service to the archival profession with outstanding expertise, good humor and humility,” said the CIMA citation.
During his career, Welch has steadily risen through the ranks of archival work, from an Intern to an associate dean. Early in his career, he worked as a project archivist at both the Washington State Historical Society and Oregon State Archives. In Oregon, he served as consortium director for the Northwest Archives Processing Initiative funded by the National Historical Publication Records, which included grant writing, reporting activities and administration work. 

In 2003, Welch moved to Northern Arizona University as digital access librarian, where he also served for a period as the acting manuscripts curator. At Northern Arizona, Welch taught classes, managed training of EAD protocols, designed departmental exhibits and served the local community as a history scholar. His supervision of the Colorado Plateau Archives at the NAU Cline Library Special Collections was a major accomplishment. This included grappling with early adoption of borndigital content access and preservation issues. Other projects included the “Louie's Legacy: Mountain Camus QR Code Project.”

At USU Welch leads a team of six Special Collections curators, Cataloging and Metadata Services and the Merrill-Cazier Libraries' Digital and Research Data Services. Since 2017, Welch assists in directing a multiple university project, to collect and preserve the history and heritage of the Great Sale Lake wetlands. 

Various local, regional, and national organizations benefit from Welch and his generosity of service. He served early in his career as secretary/treasurer of the Northwest Archivists (1996-2002), as CIMA vice-president (2014-2015), CIMA president (2015-2016) and CIMA immediate past-president (2016-2017). Additionally, he chaired the CIMA Awards Committee (2013-2014) and chaired the CIMA Conference Program (2015-2016). Since 2015, his duties have included serving on the regional archival associations coordinating committee of the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA). 

On the national level, Welch served as treasurer of ACA from 2012 to 2016, and he currently serves as its president. In January 2018, he hosted their mid-winter conference in Houston. Currently, he is spearheading the implementation of the academy’s strategic plan. 

The CIMA Awards are professional recognitions celebrating the archival community and its institutions within the Intermountain West region, which includes the states of Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and New Mexico. These prestigious awards are given for excellence in the archival profession. Nominees must have demonstrated advanced scholarship and support activities, on both regional and national levels. The peers and colleagues of the recipients present the CIMA Awards, with the highest honor and gratitude. 

CIMA will honor the 2018 award recipients during a luncheon, at the organization’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in May. 

For more information, visit CIMARCHIVISTS.ORG.

Contact: Todd Welch,, 435-797-8268

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