Thursday, June 25, 2009

Connecting with collections

The Northwest Railway Museum has been selected as a recipient for a Connecting With Collections Bookshelf. This collection includes essential text books, charts, and other collections resources assembled by some of the foremost museum experts in the country.

The Connecting With Collections Bookshelf will be used to help ensure the Museum’s collection of railway transportation artifacts receives the best possible care and is preserved for future generations.

Connecting With Collections is a national leadership initiative of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Federal agency charged with supporting America’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The initiative is focused on caring for collections, which are threatened at many museums and libraries across the country as identified in the IMLS’s and Heritage Preservation's A Public Trust at Risk: the Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections. A staggering 190 million objects held by museums across the country are in need conservation. Light, humidity, temperature and insects are some of the key threats facing collections and the Connecting With Collections Bookshelf provides a selection of resources for museums and libraries to use in addressing these threats.

The Connecting With Collections Bookshelf is made possible by an agreement with the American Association for State and Local History and with the support of the Getty Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Samuel Kress H. Foundation. The Northwest Railway Museum is one of 2,000 museums and libraries across America to receive a Bookshelf collection.

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