President’s Message

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Happy spring everyone!

We had a large WAML contingent at the Mapping the Grand Canyon conference at Arizona State University, hosted by Matt Toro.  Matt and his team did a great job putting together an excellent conference that covered a variety of perspectives on mapping this impressive landmark.  And thanks to all the volunteers who assisted with the WAML booth.  Our stickers were a big hit!

Preparations are well underway for the next WAML conference at the University of Nevada Reno, hosted by Chrissy Klenke.  We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.  In our second round using the new WAML conference website, the home page and sub-pages are now geared towards the upcoming conference, and the San Diego pages have moved under ‘Past Conferences’.  As information becomes available, the website will be updated.

WAML now has a free G Suite for Nonprofits account that allows us to create Team Drives for our official business.  This will hopefully make record-keeping and position transitions smoother.

Our policies and procedures are now online next to the bylaws on the Executive Board page.  If you would like to suggest any changes, please let the Exec Board know.

Julie Sweetkind-Singer and Kim Durante from Stanford, and Chris Salvano the WAML Archivist, are working hard to set up a system for placing our digital records in the WAML Archives on a regular basis.  We will soon have an official agreement between WAML and Stanford University to host our Archives (which Stanford has been graciously doing for many years now).

Our elections are coming up in a few months.  Please consider running for an office (or volunteering on a committee if you aren’t already).  It’s an exciting time for our organization as we adapt to the ever-changing landscape of technology while continuing to share our knowledge and preserve our history.

Tom Tom

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