An Update on the Connecting to Collections Initiative in the Western States
Connie Bodner, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Office of Museum Services, IMLS
Kara West, Assistant Director for Field Services, Balboa Art Conservation Center
Keni Sturgeon, Curator & Museum Director, Willamette Heritage Center
Eric Taylor, Heritage Lead, 4Culture
Since its introduction through a national summit in 2007, the Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections initiative has developed a bookshelf, organized a series of forums, developed an online community, and funded statewide planning and implementation grants to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our treasures – underscoring the fact that these collections are essential to the American story. Representatives leading statewide efforts in California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as a representative from IMLS shared updates on program development in the western states, lessons learned, and the availability of national and region resources.
To learn more about the Connecting to Collections program and state-by-state impact, visit the IMLS website: http://www.imls.gov/collections/
And join the conversation at the online community. Created by IMLS and Heritage Preservation, the online community features resources, a discussion board, and access to webinars and other opportunities for discussion that is continuing the community of practice forged by the initiative, www.connectingtocollections.org.