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Connecting  to Collections: A Call to Action

America’s collections are for everyone. They are discovered billions of times a year in libraries and museums across the country. They enlighten and inspire all of us. Yet they are at risk.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has created Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action: a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action. 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. 

For more information, visit the Connecting to Collections Web site.

Additional initiative content on the IMLS Web site:
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Rhode Island’s First Responders Receive Training to Limit Damage to Collections


The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) spearheaded a model program to help first responders and collecting institutions prepare for and respond to disasters. Read More

 
NC C2C Staff: Adrienne Berney, Matthew Hunt, Michelle Vaughn, and LeRae Umfleet
April 2012: North Carolina Initiative Focuses on Preserving State's Cultural Heritage


The North Carolina Connecting to Collections (C2C) program is helping the state’s museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions better care for their collections. This profile demonstrates how the C2C program is making an impact throughout the state by conducting forums, hosting workshops, and providing other valuable resources. Read More

 
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Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation


This report describes how IMLS engaged dozens of public and private partners to reach thousands of museum and library professionals with resources and technical assistance to care for endangered collections. Read More

 
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Connecting to the World's Collections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage


Sixty cultural heritage leaders from thirty-two countries, including representatives from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Australia, Europe, and North America gathered in October 2009 in Salzburg, Austria, to develop a series of practical recommendations to ensure optimal collections conservation worldwide. Read More

 
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Capitalize on Collections Care


A publication of Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS that outlines fund-raising fundamentals, strategies, and case studies to generate new contributions, increase support, and foster new audiences for collections care activities. Read More

 
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Connecting to Collections Forum #3: It's Alive! Petals to Primates

February 20, 2009 12:00 AM
The third stop on the Connecting to Collections National Tour was in San Diego for the "It's Alive! Petals to Primates: Preservation Challenges of Living Collections" forum. The full conference is available for online viewing. Read More

 
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Connecting to Collections Forum #2: Collaboration in the Digital Age

June 25, 2008 12:00 AM
The second stop on the Connecting to Collections National Tour was in Denver for the "Collaboration in the Digital Age" forum. The full conference is available for online viewing. Read More

 
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Connecting to Collections Forum #1: Preserving America's Diverse Heritage

January 31, 2008 12:00 AM
The first stop on the Connecting to Collections National Tour was in Atlanta for the "Preserving America’s Diverse Heritage" forum. The full conference is available for online viewing. Read More