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Collections Care/Preservation

Libraries and museums care for collections that connect us to history, art, science and the natural world.

Connecting to Collections logoNational Initiative: Connecting to Collections
Connecting to Collections is a national initiative to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our treasures, and to underscore the fact that these collections are essential to the American story.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen collections care/preservation (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Collections care/preservation content on the IMLS Web site:
Photo of Sandy Tharp-Thee, Champions of Change
Blog Post: Library Programs Tailored for a Tribal Community

September 4, 2013 12:39 PM
Sandy Tharp-Thee was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. With Tharp-Thee as Library Director of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the library evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.” Read More

 
Blog Post: Emerging from the Flood

August 20, 2013 01:39 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library President and CEO Gail Naugton and Community Member Bob Schaffer explain how the museum and the Czech Village worked together to revitalize the cultural community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read More

 
Blog Post: From Graphic Novels to Traveling Pop Up Exhibits: New Directions in Public Outreach

July 26, 2013 02:16 PM
Indiana Historical Society’s Tamara Hemmerlein recaps her ALA presentation about building public support for heritage preservation. Read More

 
Talking with an artist at the Haitian Heritage Museum
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: The Growing Impact of Haitian Art and Culture

July 18, 2013 06:16 AM
The Haitian Heritage Museum has been a steward of Haitian art exhibitions, dance performances, and educational programming in Southeastern Florida and is increasing programming within the facility, schools, colleges, and the greater community. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: So I’ve Got this Thing…Resources for Collections Care

July 11, 2013 12:34 PM
Newer and smaller institutions may face challenges in collections management and an overwhelming ratio of items to staff. Registrar Tracey Berg-Fulton describes collections care resources that provide guidance for museums. Read More