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Press Release
July 07, 2009
Oregon Military Museum Awarded Conservation Bookshelf
Clackamas, Ore. – Objects and artifacts held by the Oregon Military Museum will be preserved for future generations with help from a set of conservation books and resources that are being awarded to it by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The series "Connecting to Collections Bookshelf" is a core set of conservation books and resources, which are awarded through a competitive process.

Since early 2008, IMLS has awarded nearly 2,800 free sets of the Conservation Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

The Oregon Military Museum is set to receive its set, following its application, which described the needs and plans for the care of its collections.

The set comprises resources for collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections. 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 released in partnership with Heritage Preservation, A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections.

"When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation's collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide," said Anne-Imelda Radice, the Director of IMLS.

In the last and final round of awards, 907 museums, libraries, and archives were selected to receive the Bookshelf. The Bookshelf program distributed a total of 2,751 sets of books, online resources, and a user's guide, to institutions in every part of the country.

To learn more about the IMLS please visit www.imls.gov.
Contact Info:
Tracy Thoennes,
Oregon Military Museum Curator