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Grant Awarded to Library for "Connecting to Collections Bookshelf"

Date: 08/06/2008

Portland State Library is one of 776 museums, libraries and archives selected to receive the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a collection which “includes an essential set of books, online resources, and a user’s guide that can profoundly affect the ability of small libraries and museums to care for their collections.” The retail value of the publications is over $800 and includes titles such as The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (published by the British National Trust in 2005), the Field Guide to Emergency Response (published by Heritage Preservation in 2006), and Essentials of Conservation Biology (published by Primack in 2006).

The Connecting to Collections initiative comes as a result of findings published in the study A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of AmericaÂ’s Collections (http://heritagepreservation.org/hhi/full.html ) which reported that 190 million objects in U.S. collections need conservation treatment and that 40 percent of institutions have no funds allocated in their annual budgets for preservation or conservation.

The IMLS Bookshelf was made possible by a cooperative agreement between the IMLS and the American Association for State and Local History with support from the Getty Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

For more information on the Connecting to Collections initiative, please see: http://www.imls.gov/collections/.

For more information on the grant, please see: http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/080508.shtm or http://www.aaslh.org/Bookshelf/.

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