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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:
screenshot of video from San Diego forum
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

 
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Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action

July 1, 2007 12:00 AM
The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Connecting to Collections initiative is a call to action, spurring activity at the local, state and national level to care for America’s collections. This video was developed to underscore the importance of collections held in museums, libraries and archives throughout the U.S., and to inspire communities to take action. Produced by Watertown Productions for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Heritage Preservation. Copyright notice © 2007. Read More