ADDISONTreasured objects and artifacts held by the Vermont state-owned historic sites will be preserved for future generations with help from the Institute of Museum And Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books, DVDs, and online resources donated by the IMLS, the primary source of federal funding of the nation's museums and libraries. Regional Historic Site Administrator Elsa Gilbertson of Starksboro at the Chimney Point State Historic Site applied for the grant to further the sites mission of stewardship and interpretation of Vermont's historic sites. Gilbertson said, "the collection received at Chimney Point will have reference material available to help us better care for our varied collections and can be loaned to other institutions in the area seeking advice and guidance on collection care and management." The Chimney Point State Historic Site is among the first to receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for 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. To learn more visit www.imls.gov.