The Wolfsonian – FIU receives Conservation Bookshelf Award

July 2009.

Treasured objects and artifacts held by The Wolfsonian – Florida International University 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.

“We’re thrilled to receive this Conservation Bookshelf award, an added resource, allowing us to access our collection and library materials and enabling us to expand the scope and impact of our outreach to the community,” notes Cathy Leff, director of The Wolfsonian.

“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 Wolfsonian 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.

The Wolfsonian Museum – FIU
1001 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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