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Call for proposals--Collections care

From: Jeannine Mjoseth <jmjoseth>
Date: Monday, July 16, 2007
IMLS Invites Proposals for Cooperative Agreement to Support
Connecting to Collections: The National Tour

Deadline for Applications: August. 17, 2007

The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites proposals for a
cooperative agreement to support Connecting to Collections: The
National Tour, a series of four meetings, to be held in major
American cities during 2008 and 2009. The forums will build on the
success of the national summit on collections care recently held in
Washington DC. The application deadline is August 17, 2007, and the
cooperative agreement will be awarded September 7, 2007.

The goal of the National Tour is to raise awareness of the
importance of collections care among representatives of small and
mid-sized museums and libraries. It will also provide the audience
with conservation/preservation tools to begin addressing the
challenges outlined in the Heritage Health Index (HHI,
<URL:>). This first major
survey of the state of our nation's collections, supported by IMLS
and Heritage Preservation, found that 26 percent of American museums
and libraries lack environmental controls, that 65 percent of these
institutions have experienced damage to collections because of
improper storage, and that 77 percent do not allocate funds
specifically for conservation or preservation.

All four meetings will focus on collections care expertise,
technology and collections care, connecting to the public, and
fundraising. Each meeting will also explore a particular issue in
conservation/preservation facing museums and libraries today. The
anticipated schedule includes:

    Atlanta, Georgia, on January 24-25, 2008. The forum, which will
    be held at the High Museum of Art, will focus on topics and
    issues associated with diverse ethnic and cultural collections.

    Denver, Colorado, May 1-2, 2008. The forum, which will be held
    at the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with the Denver Public
    Library, will focus on collaboration in the digital age.

    San Diego, California, in January 2009. The forum, to be held at
    the San Diego Zoo, will focus on the care of living collections.

    Buffalo, New York, in June 2009. It is anticipated that this
    forum will be held at the Art Conservation Center at Buffalo
    State University and focus on training in collections care

In addition to the professionals representing small and mid-sized
museums and libraries, each meeting will include leaders from
foundations; regional and national organizations focused on
conservation and preservation; library and museum boards; and local,
state, or federal government.

Attendance is expected to be at least 150 at each forum, and IMLS
anticipates awarding 30 travel stipends to representatives from
small and mid-sized libraries and museums for each meeting. In
addition, the forums will reach 10,000 people via webcasts, DVD's,
or other communication technologies. For more information on the
request for proposals, please see


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, please visit

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