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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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Heritage Health Index - Summary Report

Summary Report of the Heritage Health Index (HHI), the first comprehensive survey ever conducted of the conditions and preservation needs of our nation’s collections. Conducted by Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS, HHI found that immediate action is needed to prevent the loss of millions of irreplaceable artifacts. Read More

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2000 National Awards for Museum Service brochure

Honors the 2000 Winners of the National Awards for Museum Service. Read More