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IMLS Extends Deadline for Conservation Bookshelf Proposals

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

Deadline for proposals: April 26, 2007

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 DVDs, 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 application.

“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.

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.

For more information, please see the IMLS’s Connecting to Collections press release.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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