Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Rim Country 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 has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History.
Sandy Carson said the materials provide guidance to preserve the many archival papers and photographs in the collection, deal with legal issues that sometimes accompany gifts of artifacts and develop a disaster plan. There are also materials on creating the best environment for historical items and instructions on digitizing collections.
She said with the receipt of the material, volunteers would first do an overview and then develop a disaster plan.
“Even a small leak in a roof could be a disaster,” she said.
Having a disaster plan is a frequent requirement in grant applications, Carson added.