Special Collections and Archives Receives Conservation Bookshelf

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 22, 2009 – Treasured objects and artifacts held by Southeast Missouri State University’s Special Collections and Archives 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, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums, has awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

“This set of resources will serve several purposes,” said Dr. Lisa Speer, special collections librarian and principal investigator on the grant. “Not only will the IMLS Bookshelf help us better care for our collections, but these resources also will be integrated into the instruction we provide for historic preservation students, and it will be available for the public to use. Anyone with preservation questions or concerns can come to Special Collections and Archives and use these resources,” Speer said. 

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.