Connecting to Collections - Texas

Connecting to Collections - Texas

In March 2008, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Association of Museums, the Texas Library Association, Amigos Library Services, and the Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information, received a $40,000 Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the IMLS Connecting to Collections Initiative. In this two-year project, we will establish processes, develop resources, and build the strong foundation of public and private support needed to assess the collections care needs of institutions across the state.

Project Announcements

Project Documents

  • Narrative (HTML) (PDF)
  • Complete Application Package (ZIP)

Project Contacts

Project Coordinators:

Grant Oversight Committee

  • The Grant Oversight Committee is composed of representatives from the six project partners and is responsible for providing administrative review and evaluation of grant activities.

Grant Advisory Committee

  • The Grant Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from collecting institutions across the state. This committee is tasked with developing a statewide needs assessment and collections inventory for use in Texas, based in part on the Heritage Health Index.

Project Events

Connecting to Collections: Collaborative Conservation Workshop

  • When: March 17, 2009
  • Where: El Paso, TX
  • Details: The Texas Association of Museums will offer a pre-conference workshop on collaborative and regional conservation centers as part of the Connecting to Collections - Texas statewide planning grant. More information will be posted soon.

Connecting to Collections: Constructing Community

  • When: March 31, 2009
  • Where: Houston, TX
  • Details: The Texas Library Association will offer a pre-conference workshop on building conservation environments in new or renovated buildings as part of the Connecting to Collections - Texas statewide planning grant. More information will be posted soon.

Connecting to Collections: A Statewide Call to Action

  • When: August 2009
  • Where: Austin, TX
  • Details: TBA

IMLS Connecting to Collections Initiative

IMLS Connecting to Collections logo

A 2005 study co-sponsored by IMLS, called A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, found that nearly 190 million objects in U.S. collections are in immediate danger and need our help. With this in mind, the IMLS has launched Connecting to Collections, a national initiative to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our treasures, and to underscore the fact that these collections are essential to the American story.

Cover of Overview Brochure Connecting to Collections Overview Brochure
Format:
PDF Download; 796KB
Description: Provides an overview of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a national initiative to raise public awareness of the importance of caring for our treasures, and to underscore the fact that these collections are essential to the American story.
IMLS Connecting to Collections video Connecting to Collections Video
Description:
The Connecting to Collections initiative is a call to action, spurring activity at the local, state and national level to care for America’s collections. This video was developed to underscore the importance of collections held in museums, libraries and archives throughout the U.S., and to inspire communities to take action.
IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf Users Guide

Connecting to Collections Bookshelf
Description: To help raise the conservation IQ of museums, libraries, and archives, IMLS, in cooperation with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), is offering free copies of the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of books, DVDs, online resources, and an annotated bibliography that are essential for the care of collections. A User's Guide is available online (PDF Download; 1.12MB)

Photo - IMLS Connecting to Collections National Tour Connecting to Collections National Tour
Description: The National Tour takes the Call to Action on the road. Each meeting will reach a broad audience and inspire participants to share lessons learned and make collections care a top priority.
Heritage Health Index cover A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections
Description: A project of Heritage Preservation and IMLS, the Heritage Health Index revealed that our collections of objects, documents, digital material, and living collections are not only essential to America’s cultural health, but are imperiled and in need of swift protective action.

IMLS logoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 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 www.imls.gov.

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