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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:
florida memory radio
Blog Post: Music to My Ears

August 27, 2015 01:02 PM
The State Archives of Florida was awarded the Archival Innovator Award for their Florida Memory Radio project. The 24-hour Internet radio station provides access to musical recordings from their archives. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Report Examines Impacts of C2C Statewide Planning Grants

July 23, 2015 01:31 PM
The report looks at the IMLS Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grants to assess their impact and identify ways to move forward in caring for our nation’s treasures. Read More

 
Cover of IMLSFocus NDP Report
Blog Post: Taking the National Digital Platform for Libraries to the Next Level

July 23, 2015 08:02 AM
A new report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights key themes and issues raised at the IMLS Focus: The National Digital Platform convening. Read More

 
Three WWI soldiers in uniform pose for photos
Blog Post: Remembering World War One: A Community Centered Approach to Commemoration

July 21, 2015 03:56 PM
With the guidance and support of the United States World War One Centennial Commission, the Connecticut State Library is telling the story of The Great War through the lens of the nation, the state, the community, and the individual. Read More

 
A visitor at The Tech Museum of Innovation learns how to solder in The Tech Studio.
Blog Post: Revving up an Engine for Innovation

June 18, 2015 12:42 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation strives to use technology to make their community a better place to live by getting patrons tinkering in their new makerspace and dancing in their Creative Collisions program. Read More

 
Photo of the Charlotte Observer
Blog Post: Digital News and Digital Libraries: Partnerships for Enduring Access

May 28, 2015 10:29 AM
A conference at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library brought together journalists, representatives from press associations, and librarians to work together to preserve and provide access to digital news content. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Infrastructure Supporting Long Term Access at the CNI 2015 Spring Meeting

May 8, 2015 02:19 PM
At the spring meeting of the Coalition of Networked Information, libraries’ role in developing, deploying, and managing digital infrastructure was highlighted. Read More

 
Blog Post: Read the First Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

April 24, 2015 11:47 AM
Grant materials from the first IMLS awards addressing the national digital platform are now available. Read More

 
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination

April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination. Read More

 
Cole's Garden Annual. 1892. From the BHL Seed and Nursery Catalog Collection.
Blog Post: What's Up with Seed Catalogs in BHL?

March 30, 2015 03:41 PM
Many Biodiversity Heritage Library partners are engaged in a variety of projects to digitize and improve access to the seed and nursery catalogs and lists in their collections. Read More

 
Photo of graphophone
Blog Post: Hearing History

March 18, 2015 01:43 PM
The “Hear My Voice”: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound exhibit at the National Museum of American History used IRENE technology to make digital copies of some of the earliest sound recordings ever made. Read More

 
Illustration by Rose O'Neill
Blog Post: Discovery à la Mode

March 9, 2015 01:40 PM
A drawing by the American illustrator Rose O’Neill, a surprise discovery through an IMLS grant, is now on display at the Delaware Art Museum. Read More

 
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell

January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
Photos of North Carolina religious books.
Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state. Read More

 
From left to right: Donovan Spirey and Chip Leslie
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

November 13, 2014 08:39 AM
Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see. Read More

 
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