January 09, 2008

AASLH - IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

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 Institute of Museum and Library Services is dedicated to providing resources and encouragement to ensure that future generations are able to connect to the rich cultural, scientific, historic, and aesthetic insights and knowledge embedded in the nation’s collections. The Bookshelf is also made possible by the generous contributions of the Getty Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Who will get the Bookshelf?

The Bookshelf will be distributed free of charge to 2,000 institutions. Under a cooperative agreement, AASLH is purchasing, promoting, and distributing the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. Recipients will include attendees at Connecting to Collections events as well as institutions that apply for the bookshelf using a simple electronic process.

For complete info:
AASLH - IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf

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