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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:
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: Public Libraries Can Be Catalysts for Community Transformation

October 22, 2014 11:49 AM
A new Aspen Institute report summarizes assets of public libraries and describes strategies for their success. Read More

 
A child takes a photo of the program with his tablet.
Blog Post: Interview: Nevada State Library and Archives

October 7, 2014 01:15 PM
Nevada uses federal funds to digitize historical records, support literacy and workforce development, and keep teens learning after school. Read More

 
A woman sits at a table in a library working on a craft project.
Blog Post: Sprouting Green Weeding Practices Web-Based Training

October 6, 2014 01:41 PM
Learn how to recycle your library’s used books to provide more space for your communities’ needs. Read More

 
Blog Post: The POWRR of Digital Preservation

October 3, 2014 10:37 AM
A new IMLS project will identify digital preservation solutions for institutions with fewer resources. Read More

 
Pacific island grantees at a training workshop.
Blog Post: Library Services Training in the Pacific Region

August 13, 2014 01:00 PM
Pacific island grantees convened at a training workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss their projects with IMLS staff, share best practices, and obtain professional development training. Read More

 
“Chantecler” theater still, 1911. From the Theater Collection. Museum of the City of New York, 48.367.65.
Blog Post: Chantecler, a Barnyard Fantasy

August 5, 2014 01:54 PM
An IMLS grant to the Museum of the City of New York gives us a look into rare photographs of 20th century theatre production. Read More

 
Actors on stage for the Penumbra Theatre production photo of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Blog Post: The African American Theater History Project: Bringing Together African American Theater and Cultural History from Libraries Around the Country

June 6, 2014 09:02 AM
The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater. Read More

 
An archaeologist mapping an excavation level during fieldwork.
Blog Post: Archaeology and an Interdisciplinary Digital Age

May 27, 2014 09:33 AM
Archaeologists are looking at ways to incorporate digital methods. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Hawaii State Public Library System

May 2, 2014 09:48 AM
Hawaii’s State Librarian Richard Burns talks about how LSTA funds are supporting better internet access across the islands, providing public access to high-quality information resources, and supporting collections management. Read More

 
WWII Survivor being interviewed.
Blog Post: Bringing Oral Histories to Life at the National WWII Museum

November 26, 2013 09:19 AM
With help from an IMLS grant, the National WWII Museum was able to provide better access to their oral history collection online for researchers and students of all ages. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Dividends of Digitization Investments—A Reflection


The IMLS-funded report “Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections” addresses how to digitize special collections and develop successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time. Read More