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Subject: Call for proposals--Conservation Bookshelf

Call for proposals--Conservation Bookshelf

From: Jeannine Mjoseth <jmjoseth>
Date: Friday, April 6, 2007
IMLS Extends Deadline for Proposals to Purchase, Promote, and
Distribute a Conservation Bookshelf

Deadline changed to: April 26, 2007

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites
proposals to purchase and distribute a set of conservation-related
books, bibliographies, DVDs, and on-line resources as part of its
initiative, Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action (see

The cooperator will also mount a promotional campaign about the
Connecting to Collections initiative and the Conservation Bookshelf,
with special attention to raising awareness and soliciting requests
for the bookshelf from small to medium-sized museums, libraries, and
archives. Download the RFP at

    <URL:> (PDF, 73KB).

The Conservation Bookshelf will address topics such as guidance for
conservation of specific types of objects; conservation treatment;
planning; disaster readiness; culturally specific conservation
issues; and conservation of living collections. The IMLS recognizes
that applicants will need to estimate the cost of the texts.  Please
note that the Conservation Bookshelf may contain paperback editions
and DVD's, in addition to hardcover texts. The Institute's goal is
to provide basic texts and resources free of charge to a broad
spectrum of library, museum, and archive staff based on a simple

   "Libraries and museums that apply for the Conservation Bookshelf,
    an important collection of reference materials, demonstrate
    their commitment to conservation and preservation. This will
    inspire others to undertake this serious work and help us
    continue to fight the good fight," said IMLS Director
    Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D.

The IMLS launched its Connecting to Collections initiative in
response to the Heritage Health Index, a 2005 study on the dire
state of the nation's collections conducted by Heritage Preservation
in partnership with the IMLS (see
<URL:>). In addition to the
Conservation Bookshelf, the initiative includes:

    *   A national conservation summit to be held in Washington, DC,
        June 27-28, 2007. This summit will be open to invitees, all
        of whom will receive the Conservation Bookshelf. IMLS is
        hosting the summit in cooperation with Heritage Preservation
        and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,
        the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the
        President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The summit
        will be co-hosted by Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    *   Four conservation forums to take place in cities across the
        nation beginning in the fall of 2007 and continuing through
        the summer of 2009.

    *   Planning grants to each state and territory for the purpose
        of creating conservation/preservation plans that address the
        recommendations of the Heritage Health Index.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source
of federal support for the nation's 122,000 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, see <URL:>.

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