Juneau-Douglas City Museum receives conservation bookshelf

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

JUNEAU - Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be preserved for future generations with help from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the 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.

"The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's primary goal is to ensure that collections held in the public trust are adequately housed and taken care of," said Jane Lindsey, museum director. "Additionally, it is important to us that staff, volunteers and interns who care for our collections are trained in best practices care."

"We have a rich and very eclectic collection that documents the history of this great place," said Addison Field, curator of Collections & Exhibits. "The Bookshelf will help us better care for the collection as we move into the next 50 years of statehood."

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 city museum will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of its collections.

"One of our established needs is to complete a Disaster Management Plan," Field said. "These resources will go a long way toward helping us to make that plan a reality."

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.

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