PCHS Receives Conservation Bookshelf

We got word this week that PCHS has been chosen to receive a free set of books on various museum conservation topics from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (a federal agency that provides grants for museums and libraries) through its Connecting to Collections Bookshelf program. We are honored and excited to receive this valuable resource.

The IMLS  sent us a sample press release we could use to announce the news. Since the press release explains the Bookshelf program so well, we thought we would share it with you.

Pope County Historical Society Receives Conservation Bookshelf

Pope County’s treasured objects and artifacts held by the Pope County Historical Society (PCHS) will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

According to Ann Grandy, PCHS Curator of Collections, “The Bookshelf is a wonderful resource that will help us care for our collections and better safeguard the heritage of Pope County, Minnesota. With the variety of items PCHS collects, it can be difficult to have all the specialized knowledge needed to caring for particular items. For example, the museum’s large collection of Native American objects constitutes a set of physically and culturally sensitive materials that require special attention. We are gratified that IMLS recognizes the importance of our collection and is willing to support our work.”

“When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation’s collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS. “We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations.”

The Pope County Historical Society will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries’ special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006. IMLS began the initiative in response to a 2005 study it released in partnership with Heritage Preservation, A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections. The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America’s collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections. Click here for more information on the Connecting to Collections initiative.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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