Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Henry Sheldon Museum will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History.
Mary Towle-Hilt, collections manager at the Sheldon, commented "This bookshelf award could not have come at a better time. We recently had a conservation assessment and these resources will assist in implementing the recommendations of that report. We will be updating our Emergency Plan, improving ceramics and painting storage areas, performing minor repairs on collections pieces and ultimately make our collection more accessible to the public."
The Sheldon 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 is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006.