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Connecting to Collections shows results in improving collections care

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation, showing that IMLS's Connecting to Collections project has provided thousands of museum and library professionals with resources and technical assistance to care for their organizations' endangered collections -- an impressive step toward improving collections care nationwide.

IMLS launched Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action in 2007, in response to a report documenting the grave threats faced by museums, libraries, and archives held in trust for the public.  The project included an international summit; the distribution of nearly 3,000 sets of essential texts on collections care; the awarding of more than 60 grants for statewide collaboration on collections care; and the creation of American Heritage Preservation Grants, which provide funds to museums, libraries, and archives for specific conservation and preservation projects.

Through Connecting to Collections, CCAHA was awarded an IMLS grant to create a strategic preservation plan for the state of Pennsylvania, which holds millions of important -- but at-risk -- historic artifacts.  Imagining Our Future: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Collections, published in August 2009, includes an in-depth analysis of conditions and needs at Pennsylvania’s collecting institutions, a detailed preservation plan to improve collections care throughout the state, and a five-year implementation timetable.

To view the full IMLS Report to the Nation -- which includes a detailed description of CCAHA's work in Pennsylvania -- click here.