University Museum Receives IMLS Bookshelf Award

Posted on 6/24/2009 3:06:02 PM

Treasured objects and artifacts held by the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and on-line resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

IMLS has now awarded almost three thousand free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

William Double, Museum board president, said, “The University Museum holds a number of important collections, including a collection of the works of Milton Bancroft, a master of illustration and painting who lived and worked in the early part of the twentieth century. The collection needs appropriate ongoing conservation and, in some cases, repair if it is to be maintained and enjoyed by Museum patrons.”

“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, director of IMLS. “We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations.”

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