The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is part of a multi-year, multi-faceted IMLS national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action to care for the collections held in public trust by libraries and museums throughout the United States. The initiative is grounded in the results of A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, which reports that a stunning 190 million objects in U.S. collections need conservation treatment.
The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is intended to provide small and medium-sized libraries and museums with essential resources needed to improve the condition of their collections. The Bookshelf includes books and DVDs, as well as a guide to online resources and an annotated bibliography of all the materials. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues. Such texts as The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (British National Trust, 2005), The Field Guide to Emergency Response (Heritage Preservation, 2006), and Essentials of Conservation Biology (Primack, 2006) are among the recent publications included in the Bookshelf.
There are two application periods:
- September 1 through November 15, 2007
- March 1 through April 15, 2008
Applications must be submitted on line and are available at: http://www.aaslh.org/Bookshelf.