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IMLS Report Shows Progress Toward Improving Collections Care

Posted by Editor on October 5, 2010

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries, has released Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation. The report describes how IMLS engaged dozens of public and private partners to reach thousands of museum and library professionals with resources and technical assistance to care for endangered collections.

IMLS launched Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action in 2007 in response to A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, an IMLS-supported report that documented grave threats to the treasures museums, libraries, and archives hold in trust for the public. Connecting to Collections has included a national tour including four U.S. cities and Washington D.C.; an international summit; the distribution of nearly 3,000 sets of essential texts on collections care; the awarding of more than 60 grants for statewide collaboration on collections care; and the creation of American Heritage Preservation Grants (AHPG). AHPG is a partnership between IMLS and the Bank of America Foundation that has so far provided 107 grants to museums, libraries, and archives for specific conservation or preservation projects….read more and download the report here: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/100510.shtm

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